### Find the Smallest 3-Digit Number!

Hey there, awesome 3rd graders!

Today, we’re going to practice finding the smallest number out of a group of three numbers. Let’s see how good you are at comparing numbers!

**Here are the numbers we’re looking at:**

226, 227, 228

#### Step 1: Look at the Hundreds Place

In all three of these numbers, the hundreds digit is the same — 2. That means we can’t decide based on the hundreds place. So, let’s move on!

#### Step 2: Check Out the Tens Place

Now, look at the tens place. In each number, we have another 2. Still the same! So, let’s keep going.

#### Step 3: Compare the Ones Place

Now, this is where things change! Let’s look at the ones place:

- 226 has a 6.
- 227 has a 7.
- 228 has an 8.

**Which number is the smallest?**

226 is the smallest because 6 is smaller than both 7 and 8!

So, whenever you’re comparing numbers, just follow these simple steps: start with the biggest place value (like the hundreds), and work your way through the tens and ones until you find a difference. That’s how you find the smallest number!

**Try this with other numbers, and you’ll be a number-comparing expert in no time!**