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Lesson objective: Students will extend their understanding of work with concrete objects when comparing to using the counting sequence and the number path to compare two numerals and determine which has the greater value.
Students bring prior knowledge of comparison from K.CC.6. This prior knowledge is extended to making a connection to the relationship between quantities and written numerals, to comparing two numerals as they determine the value of each numeral. A conceptual challenge students may encounter is thinking about what each numeral represents and how they can apply that to written numerals.
The concept is developed through work with a number path, which will provide a visual of the counting sequence. This work helps students deepen their understanding of number because using the words greater than, equal to and less than will prepare students to make precise comparisons in later work (such as 1 more, 1 less, 2 more, 2 less).
Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they connect the concrete representations of numbers to the written numerals. They also use Mathematical Practice 6 (Attend to Precision) as they use correct compare language greater than, less than and equal to. Students will use the counting sequence and the understanding that when we count the next number is more. It is greater. Students will also use what they know about the structure of the tenframe to help create a visual representation of each numeral.
Key vocabulary:
 compare
 counting, counting sequence
 equal, equal to
 greater, greater than
 less, less than
 more, more than
 number path
 tenframes
Special materials needed:
 Number path
 Numeral cards with tenframes (for additional practice)
 Counters or connecting cubes for support (optional)