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Alligator Eats the BIG Number. Antoinette Mia Pettis. Hi! My name is Ivan and I am 12 years old! I like numbers; do you? . My little brother DeSean, who is 5, does not like numbers. He doesn’t know how to compare numbers. Can you help him?.

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Alligator Eats the BIG Number

Antoinette Mia Pettis


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Hi! My name is Ivan and I am 12 years old! I like numbers; do you?


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My little brother DeSean, who is 5, does not like numbers. He doesn’t know how to compare numbers. Can you help him?


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DeSean really likes Alligators! So I was thinking we could use Alligators to help him compare numbers.


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< This is the less than sign.

> This is the greater than sign.

= This is the equal to sign.

See how the < and > look like an Alligator’s mouth?


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The Alligator’s mouth needs to eat the big number. For example:

3 < 9

See how the sign faces the BIG NUMBER.


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To help us remember which way the signs face we will use the saying “Alligator eats the BIG NUMBER!”


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If the numbers are the same we use the = sign. For example:

5=5


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Let’s do a few problems together to see if you and DeSean understand.


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2 ___ 8

Which sign do we use?


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2 < 8

Right! We do use the Less than sign because the Alligator eats the BIG NUMBER!


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9 ____ 1

What do we use now?


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9 > 1

Yes! You got it. We use the greater than sign because…the Alligator eats the BIG NUMBER!


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6 ____ 6

What about these two numbers?


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6 = 6

Great job. We use the equal to sign because the numbers are the SAME.


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I think DeSean understands comparisons now. Thank you so much for helping!


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TEKS

  • (1.1) Number, operation, and quantitative reasoning. The student uses whole numbers to describe and compare quantities. (1st Grade)

  • The student is expected to:

  • (A) compare and order whole numbers up to 99 (less than, greater than, or equal to) using sets of concrete objects and pictorial models.


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