# Use equality and inequality symbols to compare the relative size of two numbers

I can use the equality and inequality symbols to compare the relative size of two numbers.

# Use equality and inequality symbols to compare the relative size of two numbers

I can use the equality and inequality symbols to compare the relative size of two numbers.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- Use the symbols < > and = to compare pictorial representations.
- Use the symbols < > and = to compare numerical expressions.
- Compare 2 sets where the objects are not arranged linearly.
- Use a number line to help with sense of number.
- Moving along the number line corresponds to an increase in the value of the numbers - movement is magnitude.

### 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 the greater amount.

### Keywords

Number line - a line with numbers placed in their correct position.

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

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

Equal to / the same - exactly the same amount or value.

### Licence

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