**Comparing Three-Digit Numbers: Greater, Less, or Equal**

**Introduction**

In Grade 4, we learn how to compare numbers to see which is greater, less, or if they are equal. Today, we’re going to focus on comparing three-digit numbers. We’ll use symbols to make this easier:

**>**means “greater than” (bigger)**<**means “less than” (smaller)**=**means “equal to” (the same)

Let’s look at some examples to see how it works!

**Example 1: Greater Than (>)**

Look at these numbers: 456 and 324.

We compare the hundreds place first. The hundreds place of 456 is 4, and the hundreds place of 324 is 3. Since 4 is greater than 3, we know that 456 is **greater than** 324.

So, we write:**456 > 324**

**Example 2: Less Than (<)**

Now, compare 238 and 490.

We check the hundreds place again. The hundreds place of 238 is 2, and the hundreds place of 490 is 4. Since 2 is less than 4, we know that 238 is **less than** 490.

So, we write:**238 < 490**

**Example 3: Equal To (=)**

What about 672 and 672?

Here, we see that both numbers are exactly the same! The hundreds, tens, and ones places are all the same.

So, we write:**672 = 672**

**Conclusion**

Comparing three-digit numbers is simple when we look at the digits starting from the left. Just remember to use the symbols **>**, **<**, and **=** to show whether one number is greater, less, or equal to the other. Keep practicing, and soon you’ll be an expert at comparing numbers!

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