Question Video: Comparing Two Numbers Using “Less than," "More than," or "Equal To” Mathematics • Kindergarten

Use greater than (>), less than (<), or equal to (=) to complete the sentence.

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Video Transcript

Use greater than, less than, or equal to to complete the sentence.

This is an interesting sentence because it’s made up of pictures, a word, and a gap. Let’s try and read it. This group of smiley stickers is what this group of smiley stickers. Can you see what we need to do here? We need to compare these two groups. And we’re given some ways to complete this sentence.

Perhaps there are more stickers in the first group, in which case we need to use the words greater than and use this symbol. Or maybe the first group is the smaller group, and we need to say that it’s less than the second group. Or maybe both groups are exactly the same, in which case we need to use the words “equal to.”

Now, just by looking at these two groups without doing anything else, can you have a guess? Do you think the first group is larger, smaller, or do you think they’re both the same? The only way we’re going to find out really is by counting these groups. Let’s try counting them at the same time. As we count each sticker, we can cross them off. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15.

We could stop here, couldn’t we? Because we’ve run out of stickers in the second group. There must be 15 stickers in this group. Do you remember how to write the number 15? It’s a one followed by a five. There are 15 stickers in the second group. But we can see some more stickers in the first group that we haven’t counted yet. We can see now that the first group is bigger. There are two more stickers in the first group than the second group, aren’t there? Should we count on from 15? 15, 16, 17.

We found that the first group is larger than the second group. And so we know which words to complete this sentence with. 17 is greater than 15. The first group is greater than the second group. The words that we need to complete this sentence with are “greater than.”

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