Lesson 1 –
LI: To compare objects
Teach your child that vocabulary ‘equal to’, ‘more’, ‘less’, ‘greater than’, ‘fewer’ and ‘less than’ to compare groups of objects. Children do not need to know the difference between the groups, just that one group is greater or less than another or that the groups are equal to each other.
Write these words on a piece of paper, greater than, less than, more, fewer. Ask your child do you know what these words mean? Can you compare the same objects using the word “fewer” and then using the word “more”? Is there more than one answer? How many answers can you find?
Using objects (pencils, pens, forks, plates etc..) , look at the set. Are there more objects in one group compared to the other ? How can we find out? Repeat activity with different numbers including more than, less than and equal to. Ask questions such as: How does counting help you compare objects? Which has more? Which has less? How do you know? What do you notice about the number of items for the group that has more / less? If group A has more than B? How many could group A have?
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LI: To introduce < > =
Show and discuss the meaning of each comparison sign to your child. Look at the symbols < > = ask your child "what do you think they mean?" Explain to your child that today we are comparing numbers.
We can learn this by saying: My Alligator is hungry, his big wide mouth always faces and eats the bigger number!
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LI: To compare numbers
Explain to your child that we can use symbols to compare numbers and show which number is bigger or smaller. Draw the symbols < > and = on a piece of paper. Ask your child if they have seen any of these before. Which ones? What do they stand for? Explain that < means ‘less than’ and > means ‘more than’. Write these on the paper. Explain that each one is a picture of a crocodile’s mouth. Crocodiles are always hungry so the crocodile always gets ready to eat the biggest / highest / greatest number. Model how to use these symbols with several examples, always reminding your child that the crocodile eats the biggest / highest / greatest number. Give your child a couple of examples to do on a piece of paper.
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LI: To compare numbers
Recap over yesterday's symbols. What do they mean?
Go through examples; provide your child with two number cards which is greater etc. Use the number line to explain your answer. Put < > or = in each number sentence. Extension: Choose your own to numbers to complete the sentences.
Will zero always be the smallest when we are comparing numbers? What strategies do you prefer to use? A number track? Knowledge of one more and one less? Use greater than and less than symbols?
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