## Comparing Numbers: Greater, Less, or Equal?

In this lesson, we will learn how to compare numbers up to 100! When we compare numbers, we look at two numbers and decide if one is **greater than**, **less than**, or **equal to** the other. Let’s explore what each of these terms means.

### What Does “Greater Than” Mean?

When a number is **greater than** another number, it means it’s bigger! Think of having more of something. For example:

**85**is*greater than***63**.**99**is*greater than***55**.

We use the symbol **>** to show that one number is greater than another. For example:

85 **>** 63

### What Does “Less Than” Mean?

When a number is **less than** another number, it means it’s smaller! Think of having fewer of something. For example:

**42**is*less than***70**.**10**is*less than***28**.

We use the symbol **<** to show that one number is less than another. For example:

42 **<** 70

### What Does “Equal To” Mean?

When two numbers are **equal**, it means they are the same. Neither is bigger or smaller. For example:

**50**is*equal to***50**.**33**is*equal to***33**.

We use the symbol **=** to show that two numbers are equal. For example:

50 **=** 50

### Practice Comparing Numbers

Let’s practice comparing some numbers. Remember to ask yourself:

- Is one number bigger?
- Is one number smaller?
- Or are they the same?

Try comparing these numbers using the symbols **>**, **<**, or **=**:

- 47 and 89
- 72 and 72
- 15 and 50

### Answer Key:

- 1. 47
**<**89 - 2. 72
**=**72 - 3. 15
**<**50

### Now You Try!

Pick any two numbers between 1 and 100 and see if you can compare them. Write your answer using the **>**, **<**, or **=** symbols!