I just wonder why we have to teach all the tricks about how to read the comparison symbol for
Greater Than and Less Than statements?
I am working with a First Grader who is getting all the problems on the worksheet correct but doesn't have a clue WHY.
She would tell you:
Step One: Put 2 dots next to the biggest number
Step Two: Put 1 dot next to the smaller number
Step Three: Connect the dots
32 : . 17
When I first started working with her she was just leaving the dots. Next, she remembered to connect the dots, but she kept forming a triangle!!!!
And of course there is the alligator trick... where the alligator eats the biggest number!!!!!What about using a student work mat like these?
Here are some examples of how to read the sentence:
When I compare these numbers 32 is greater than 17.
When I compare these numbers 17 is less than 32.
Why all the tricks....just get down to what the symbol really means.
If you agree with me, just let me know and I will link these work mats to my Google Doc account so you can print them out without creating them yourself.
What do you think?