Hamilton's Math Update 1-22-24

This week, we will start Unit 7.  In this chapter, your student is comparing numbers within 100. We will use the phrases equal to, greater than, and less than. We will use the symbols =, >, and <. We will also find one more, one less, ten more, and ten less than a given number.

The vocabulary words associated with this chapter are: compare, greater than, and less than.

Sporting events and other games are a great place to practice comparing numbers. Your student is comparing two-digit numbers, so any two scores from 0 through 99 can be compared.

When playing or watching a game, use the following activities.

  • Have your student identify the score of the game. Ask your student which team or player has the most points. Then ask, “How can you tell?” Remind your student to compare the tens first, then compare the ones. Encourage him or her to use the phrases equal to, greater than, and less than to compare the number of points each team or player has. You also can use this strategy when playing board games or video games together at home.
  • Have your student choose a player and tell you the number on the player’s jersey. Ask, “What number is one more than that number? One less? Ten more? Ten less?” You also can use this strategy with the number of points a certain player or team has.
  • To compare numbers on a number line, state how many points you each have during a game. Ask, “Who has a greater number of points: you or me?” Then ask, “On a number line, is your number of points to the left or to the right of my number of points?”

By the end of this chapter, your student should feel confident with the learning targets and success criteria on the next page. Encourage your student to think of other reasons to compare numbers, such as page numbers in books or distances listed on road signs.

Have a great time comparing numbers!