**How to Compare 4-Digit Numbers and Put Them in Order**

Hi, 3rd graders! Today we’re going to learn how to compare big numbers and put them in order from greatest to least. We’ll be working with 4-digit numbers. Let’s get started!

### What is a 4-Digit Number?

A 4-digit number has four digits, like 1234 or 9876. Each digit has a special place value:

- The first digit is in the
**thousands**place. - The second digit is in the
**hundreds**place. - The third digit is in the
**tens**place. - The last digit is in the
**ones**place.

For example, the number 3456 means:

- 3 in the thousands place (3,000)
- 4 in the hundreds place (400)
- 5 in the tens place (50)
- 6 in the ones place (6)

### How to Compare 4-Digit Numbers

When you compare numbers, you want to figure out which one is bigger and which one is smaller. Here’s how to do it:

**Start with the thousands place**: Look at the first number. If one number has a bigger thousands digit, that number is the greatest.Example: 4567 and 3567

- 4 is bigger than 3, so 4567 is the greatest.

**If the thousands digits are the same**, check the hundreds place.Example: 4567 and 4537

- The thousands are both 4, so now look at the hundreds. 5 is bigger than 3, so 4567 is still the greatest.

**If the hundreds are the same**, check the tens place.**If the tens are the same**, check the ones place.

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