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