Greater Than or Less ThanKindergarten • Half Day Lesson Plan
Subject: Math, Measurement and Data
Type: Half Day Lesson Plan
Skills: Compare Two Objects with Measurable Attributes, "More Of," "Less Of," Greater Than or Less Than, and Describing the Difference
File Type: PDF Document
Materials Needed: pencils, larger counting items – cubes, unifix cubes, counting animals, etc., small counting objects – counting chips, blocks, buttons, paper clips, etc., 2 baskets or containers to hold the counting objects. Mark the containers #1, & # 2, popsicle sticks – 2 per partner group, and document camera
Printable Resources: “Exit Slips” (1 copy per student) (optional assessment component); Required Teacher Resources: “Greater Than, Less Than” posters (1 copy for display); Optional: “Number Posters 0-10” (1 copy for demonstration, or write the numbers 0-10 largely on blank paper, 1 number per page), “Number Cards 0-20” (1 per partner group, or use number cards in your classroom), “Student Greater Than, Less Than” cards (1 copy per pair)
Lesson Plan Description
This fully scripted, Kindergarten half day lesson plan is broken down into 2 separate segments (30-60 minutes each). These lessons address Measurement and Data: directly compare two objects with a measurable attribute in common, to see which object has “more of”/ “less of” the attribute and describe the difference (K.MD.2). Your students will get an introduction to comparing numbers and identifying which is greater than or less than. They will learn how to appropriately use the greater than and less than symbols by practicing comparing numbers as a whole class and with a partner. You may use the exit slip as an optional assessment component to check for understanding. Finally, have your students play the game “Who is Greater?” to further practice the skill of comparing two numbers.
- Segment 1: Students will count objects and determine what group has more or less. They will practice using the terms “greater than” and “less than” when comparing two numbers and create and use the greater than and less than symbol when comparing two numbers.
- Segment 2: Students will use the terms “greater than” and “less than” when comparing two numbers.
These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.