Anthony is using ten frames to help him compare numbers. Which is smaller? Four or seven. Four is smaller because it has less counters in the ten frame than seven.
Which is smaller? 14 or 17. 14 is 10 and four ones, and 17 is 10 and seven ones, so 14 is smaller than 17.
We have to pick the correct symbol to compare the numbers. Is 14 less than, greater than, or equal to 17? 14 is less than 17. Four is less than seven. 14 is smaller than 17. And the correct symbol to compare the numbers is less than, because 14 is less than 17.