Access Point #: MAFS.4.NF.3.AP.7a

Use =, <, or > to compare two decimals (decimals in multiples of .10).

Essential Understandings


  • Using base ten blocks, build a concrete representation of two decimals to the tenths or hundredths place, whose values are less than one (0.2 and 0.5 or 0.30 and 0.40).
  • Given the place value chart, identify the column that represents the greatest value.
  • Given two models of base ten blocks on a place value chart, compare the value of the numbers by starting in the greatest place value position.
  • Know value of places to the hundredths.
  • Understand the following concepts and vocabulary: ones, decimal point, tenths, hundredths, place value, greater than, less than, equal.
  • Given two numbers, compare the digits arranged in a place value chart to determine if a number is greater than, less than, or equal to another number.
  • Apply understanding of the symbols of <, >, and =.
General Information
Number: MAFS.4.NF.3.AP.7a
Category: Access Points
Date Adopted or Revised: 06/14
Cluster: Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions. (Major Cluster)

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Related Standards

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Related Courses

This access point is part of these courses.
5012060: Mathematics - Grade Four
7712050: Access Mathematics Grade 4
5020110: STEM Lab Grade 4
5012065: Grade 4 Accelerated Mathematics
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5

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