Lesson plan

Compare numbers based on the place value of digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the comparison

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.4.NBT.A.2 http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/4/NBT/A/2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP8 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP8

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Big Ideas: Numbers can be compared and ordered using place value concepts. The results of number comparisons can be recorded using >, =, and < symbols. This lesson builds on students’ previous work in comparing numbers using place value concepts. In this task students will compare populations of states in the United States. This task will extend students’ understanding of this concept from 3-digit to 7-digit numbers. The skills learned in this lesson build toward students’ future work with multi-digit arithmetic, and with expressions and equations in grades 6-8. Vocabulary: compare, comparison. equal/equal to, less than, greater than, place value, symbols Special Materials: Place Value Chart (optional)