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9. Use number cubes to compare three-digit numbers (FP)

teaches Common Core State Standards 111.3.2.G
teaches Common Core State Standards 111.4.2.D
teaches Common Core State Standards 2.NS.7
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP2
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.4
teaches Common Core State Standards MAFS.2.NBT.1.4
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Lesson objective: Compare numbers within 1000 using < , >, and = .

This lesson helps to build fluency with comparing numbers within 1000. A place value chart is used here because it helps to build an understanding of place value at an abstract level. This work develops students' understanding that in a three-digit number, the hundreds place has the greatest value. That is why we look at the hundreds place first when comparing two numbers.

Students engage in Mathematical Practice 2 (Reason abstractly and quantitatively) as they compare numbers and explain their reasoning.

Key vocabulary:

  • compare
  • equal/equivalent
  • greater
  • hundreds
  • less
  • ones
  • tens
  • value

Special materials needed:

  • dice/number cubes
  • place value mats
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