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# Use equality and inequality symbols to compare sets of objects

I can use the equality and inequality symbols to compare sets of objects.

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# Use equality and inequality symbols to compare sets of objects

I can use the equality and inequality symbols to compare sets of objects.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- Use the symbol < to represent is less than.
- Use the symbol > to represent is more than.
- Use the symbol = to represent is equal to.
- The symbols should only be used between numerals.

### Common misconception

Children may confuse the symbols < and >

Use lots of practical examples with cubes or objects inside the symbols so children can see the larger end contains more objects.

### Keywords

More than / greater than - has a greater amount / more items.

Fewer than / less than - has a lesser amount / fewer items.

Same as / equal to - exactly the same amount or value.

Ask children to make two towers of cubes and use rulers lined up with the top and bottom of each tower to create the < > and = symbols. You could make movable < > and = symbols from strips of card attached to a piece of card with paper fasteners.

Teacher tip

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## Starter quiz

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### 6 Questions

Q1.

What does 'equal to' mean?

One set has more than the other.

One set has fewer than the other.

Q2.

How many cubes are there here?

4

5

Q3.

How many cubes are there here?

3

4

Q4.

Which set has more cubes?

Set A

They have the same amount of cubes.

Q5.

Which set has fewer cubes?

Set B

They have the same amount of cubes.

Q6.

Sam thinks there are more cubes in Set A than Set B. Is Sam correct?

Yes

## Exit quiz

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### 6 Questions

Q1.

What does the symbol = represent?

less than

greater than

Q2.

What does the symbol < represent?

greater than

equal to

Q3.

What does the symbol > represent?

less than

equal to

Q4.

Which symbol should go between these sets of cubes?

>

=

Q5.

Which symbol should go between these sets of cubes?

<

=

Q6.

Izzy thinks that these cubes are showing that 5 > 4. Is Izzy correct?

No

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