Comparing numbers of objects

Home learning focus

In this lesson, you will learn to compare objects and numbers within 50.

This lesson includes:

  • one slideshow

  • two activities

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More than and less than

The symbol > means more than.

  • 10 > 3 means 10 is more than 3
  • 20 > 10 means 20 is more than 10

This symbol = means equal to.

  • 10 = 10 means 10 is equal to 10
  • 23 = 2 tens and 3 ones means 23 is equal to 2 tens and 3 ones

This symbol < means less than.

  • 3 < 10 means 3 is less than 10
  • 10 < 20 means 10 is less than 20

Compare objects within 50

Look at the slideshow below and answer some questions about how to compare numbers of objects within 50.

Which symbol should be in the middle? More than (>), equal to (=) or less than (<)?

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Practise

Activity 1

Worksheet: Compare objects within 50

Use your understanding of how to compare amounts and numbers to complete these fun activities.

Compare objects within 50

Click here for answers.

Activity 2

Flash cards: More than and less than

Click on the link below to access the flashcards of numbers 1-50. You can print them off, or draw your own versions on paper.

  • Choose two cards.
  • Can you compare these numbers using the language more than and less than? (Like, 20 is less than 50)
  • Can you draw the < > symbols and place them between the two chosen cards? (Like 20 < 50)
Flashcards 1-50

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