**Comparing Numbers Up to 10 Using Words**

Hello, first graders! Are you ready to learn something new and fun? Today, we’re going to learn how to compare numbers using special words. Comparing numbers means we are figuring out which number is bigger, which one is smaller, or if two numbers are the same!

### Important Words to Remember

When we compare numbers, we use three important words:

**Greater than**: This means one number is bigger than the other. For example, 8 is*greater than*5. We can say, “8 is greater than 5.”**Less than**: This means one number is smaller than the other. For example, 3 is*less than*6. We can say, “3 is less than 6.”**Equal to**: This means both numbers are the same! For example, 4 is*equal to*4. We can say, “4 is equal to 4.”

### How to Compare Numbers

Let’s practice how we compare numbers! When you see two numbers, like 7 and 9, you can ask yourself: “Which number is bigger?” Since 9 is bigger than 7, we say, “7 is less than 9.”

Now, let’s try a different example: What if you have the numbers 5 and 5? Since they are the same, we say, “5 is equal to 5.”

Sometimes we compare numbers to see which one is smaller. For example, if you have 2 and 8, you know that 2 is smaller, so we say, “2 is less than 8.”

### Let’s Practice Together!

Here are some examples for you to practice. Think about each number and try to use the words **greater than**, **less than**, or **equal to**.

- Is 7 greater than or less than 9?
- Is 4 equal to 4, or is it less than 4?
- Is 10 greater than or equal to 5?
- Is 2 less than 6, or greater than 6?
- Is 9 equal to 7, or is it greater than 7?

You can say your answers out loud or write them down! Try to use the comparing words for each pair of numbers.

### Fun Tips for Comparing Numbers

- When you want to figure out which number is
*greater than*or*less than*the other, imagine putting the numbers on a number line. The number on the right is always greater, and the number on the left is always less! - If the numbers are the same, remember to use “equal to” because both numbers have the same amount.

**Why It’s Important to Compare Numbers**

Being able to compare numbers is a great skill that will help you with math! Whether you’re counting your toys, looking at numbers in a book, or solving math problems, knowing how to say which number is bigger, smaller, or the same will make you a math superstar!

Keep practicing, and soon you’ll be comparing numbers like a pro. Don’t forget to use your special words: **greater than**, **less than**, and **equal to**. Have fun comparing!