Lesson objective: Identify, build and compare two numerals to determine if they are less than, equal to or greater than. This lesson helps to build fluency with comparison of numbers when presented as written numerals. Representation of the numerals supports making a connection between the numerals and the quantities they represent. This work develops students’ understanding that we can compare two numbers up to ten when presented as written numerals. Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they connect the ten-frame structure of representing numbers to the written numerals. They also apply Mathematical Practice 6 (Attend to Precision) as they use correct compare language greater than, less than and equal to. Students may rely on counting and matching strategies and the counting sequence as they transition to comparing numbers when when presented as written numerals.

**Key vocabulary:**

- compare
- counting, counting sequence
- equal, equal to
- greater, greater than
- less, less than
- more, more than
- number path
- same
- ten-frames

**Special materials needed:**

- number path (optional)
- number spinner
- counters or connecting cubes for support