# Comparing Numbers Up to 1000: Greater, Less, or Equal

Hey there! Today, we’re going to learn how to compare numbers up to 1000. Sometimes we want to know if one number is **greater than**, **less than**, or **equal to** another number. Let’s get started!

## What Do These Words Mean?

**Greater than**: This means the first number is bigger than the second number. We use the symbol**>**.**Less than**: This means the first number is smaller than the second number. We use the symbol**<**.**Equal to**: This means both numbers are the same. We use the symbol**=**.

## How to Compare Two Numbers

When comparing numbers, start by looking at the biggest place value first. If both numbers have the same hundreds place, move to the tens place, and then to the ones place.

### Examples:

Let’s compare two numbers: **527** and **694**.

**Step 1:**Look at the hundreds place. The first number has 5, and the second number has 6. Since 5 is less than 6, we can say**527 is less than 694**.

Another example: **822** and **822**.

**Step 1:**Look at the hundreds place. Both numbers have 8.**Step 2:**Look at the tens place. Both numbers have 2.**Step 3:**Look at the ones place. Both numbers have 2. So,**822 is equal to 822**.

## Practice Questions

Now it’s your turn! Try comparing these numbers:

- 458
**__**472 - 300
**__**299 - 512
**__**512

Fill in the blanks with **greater than** (>), **less than** (<), or **equal to** (=).

## Why It’s Important

Knowing how to compare numbers helps us in everyday life. You can compare prices, scores, and so much more. Keep practicing, and you’ll be a number comparison expert in no time!

Happy comparing!