Cluster 3: Compare numbers. (Major Cluster)Archived

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.

General Information
Number: MAFS.K.CC.3
Title: Compare numbers. (Major Cluster)
Type: Cluster
Subject: Mathematics - Archived
Grade: K
Domain-Subdomain: Counting and Cardinality

Related Standards

This cluster includes the following benchmarks.

Related Access Points

This cluster includes the following access points.

Access Points

MAFS.K.CC.3.AP.7a
Identify the smaller or larger number given two numbers between 0 and 10.
MAFS.K.CC.3.AP.6a
Compare two sets and identify the set that is greater than the other set, up to 10.
MAFS.K.CC.3.AP.6b
Compare two sets and identify the set that is less than the other set, up to 10.
MAFS.K.CC.3.AP.6c
Compare 2 sets and identify if the set is equal to the other set, up to 10.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this topic.

Educational Games

Curious George - Hat Grab:

Help George figure out which color hat is the most popular by grabbing hats from people's heads at the airport.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Bug Catcher:

Help George catch bugs with a net to find which group has more.

Type: Educational Game

Formative Assessments

Which is Greater?:

Students are asked to compare two numbers between 1 and 10 during a game of "Which is Greater?".

Type: Formative Assessment

Who Wins?:

Students compare numerals to determine which number is the greatest.

Type: Formative Assessment

Who Has More Dots?:

Students work with a partner to determine whose card, if any, has more dots.

Type: Formative Assessment

Which Side Has More?:

Students compare groups of objects to determine whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group.

Type: Formative Assessment

Take and Compare:

Students take handfuls of counters, count them, and use the terms greater than, less than, or equal to to compare the sets.

Type: Formative Assessment

Greater Than/Less Than/Equal To:

Students work in pairs to compare 10 frame cards that contain both a numeral and a corresponding number of dots.

Type: Formative Assessment

Comparing Numbers Card Game:

Students are asked to compare two numbers between 1 and 10 using playing cards.

Type: Formative Assessment

Comparing Numbers:

Students are asked to compare pairs of numbers between 1 and 10.

Type: Formative Assessment

Animal Line Up:

Students are shown two cards with pictures of animals and asked to compare the number of animals on the two cards.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Fix my More or Less Mess!:

This lesson will introduce the kindergarten class to the idea of greater than (more), less than, or equal (same) and how to use the matching strategy to determine which is more or less.

Type: Lesson Plan

Is it FAIR?:

This lesson is a hands on lesson designed to teach greater than, less than and equal to kindergarten students. Not only through interaction, but through authentic assessment students will be able to demonstrate their knowledge of these terms using matching strategies.

Type: Lesson Plan

Comparing Numbers: Between 1 and 10:

This lesson will help students be able to compare if numbers of objects in one group are greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group by using matching and counting strategies.

Type: Lesson Plan

Sweet Comparisons:

In this lesson students will count and compare objects in two different groups. They will compare by matching to determine which group has more or less objects using pictures of sweet treats. There is an individual activity and printable worksheet attached to support the sweet treat theme.

Type: Lesson Plan

Sweetie Cake Pops:

In this Kindergarten MEA lesson, students will work cooperatively to help Sweetie Cake Pops improve their recipe. They will work in groups to look at a data table and generate responses orally and written. Additionally, this lesson has a mathematical focus of skip counting by tens.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Spring Festival Flower:

In this MEA, students will help pick a flower that will be the focus of the Spring Festival.  They will practice counting pictures and representing the number of pictures with a written numeral.

Type: Lesson Plan

Ice Cream Truck Favorites:

This Kindergarten MEA will ask students to work in collaborative groups to choose the top three Brands of Ice Cream Bars that an ice cream truck may sell. Students will analyze the data provided and come up with a solution. They will also be asked to re evaluate their written procedures once a second data set is presented.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Popsicle Problem:

Students will work in teams to help choose the best Popsicle to sell. They will develop a procedure based on the following criteria: taste, color, cost, and melting speed. They will reassess the Popsicles during the twist incorporating flavors and a fourth Popsicle choice. Students may arrange the criteria based on their team's interpretation of most important to least important. Students may have to make trade offs based on these interpretations.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Pineville Playground:

This MEA is designed on a Kindergarten grade level. Students will work in teams to determine the best piece of playground equipment to add to the city playground. Students will use criteria such as safety, cost, degree of fun, and time to build to make their determinations.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

From the Apple Farm to Market!:

This MEA is designed at a Kindergarten grade level. Students will work in teams to determine the best apple treat to showcase in a display at a farm stand. Students will use criteria such as smell, taste, and profit to make their determinations.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

If You Give a Teacher a Cookie...:

More than, less than, or equal to? Which would you rather have? Well, it depends upon the situation. Let's compare objects and numbers and decide if it is best to have more of something, less of something, or just as much as someone else.

Type: Lesson Plan

What's the Scoop?:

In this open-ended question, students, in teams will make decisions about how to rank new ice cream flavors for Frosty's based on various ice cream characteristics (e.g., taste, smell, color and fun factor). Students will practice analyzing data sets and their writing skills to record their process and thinking.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Vegetables…in Cupcakes?!:

In teams, students will make decisions about how to select the best bakery based on various cupcake characteristics (e.g., taste, smell).

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Fishy Lengths - Which fish is right for my aquarium?:

Students explore lengths of fish to determine if fish are too long to fit in different sized aquariums. Students will use non-standard units and measuring tools to compare the lengths of fish and boxes without being able to directly hold the fish near the boxes.

Type: Lesson Plan

Greater? Less? Let's Guess!:

This lesson is designed to give the students a hands on opportunity to count small numbers of objects and decide which is greater or less than the other when compared.

Type: Lesson Plan

Counting to Ten With Ten Black Dots:

In this lesson, students will practice one-to-one correspondence and counting to 10 using black dots as manipulative.

Type: Lesson Plan

Hopping Hippo Needs Help:

In this open-ended question, students, in teams will make decisions about how to rank shoes based on various shoe characteristics (e.g., color, comfort, shoelaces, lights, and customer ratings).

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

Type: Lesson Plan

Lesson Study Resource Kit

Counting and Cardinality Lesson Study Resource Kit - Kindergarten:

This lesson study resource kit can be used to guide and support teams of kindergarten teachers as they engage in lesson study focused on the academic standards in the Counting and Cardinality domain.

Type: Lesson Study Resource Kit

Presentation/Slideshow

Counting- A World of Numbers :

In this lessons students will use this accessible, easy-to-read book that shows objects up to ten. It can be downloaded and used with PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash. It can be used on the Intellikeys keyboard with a custom overlay, or even used with 1-3 switches.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Teaching Ideas

Thinking Math. Questions to ask and games to play to help children think mathematically.:

This resource provides teaching ideas related to counting and comparing/sorting different items.

Type: Teaching Idea

Thinking Math. Questions to ask and games to play to help children think mathematically.:

This resource provides teaching ideas related to counting and comparing/sorting different items.

Type: Teaching Idea

Worksheet

Number Lines:

Printable worksheet with five number lines displaying whole numbers from 0 to 10.

From NCTM Illuminations' Lesson ""

Type: Worksheet

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this topic.

Educational Games

Curious George - Hat Grab:

Help George figure out which color hat is the most popular by grabbing hats from people's heads at the airport.

Type: Educational Game

Curious George - Bug Catcher:

Help George catch bugs with a net to find which group has more.

Type: Educational Game

Presentation/Slideshow

Counting- A World of Numbers :

In this lessons students will use this accessible, easy-to-read book that shows objects up to ten. It can be downloaded and used with PowerPoint, Impress, or Flash. It can be used on the Intellikeys keyboard with a custom overlay, or even used with 1-3 switches.

Type: Presentation/Slideshow

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this topic.

Worksheet

Number Lines:

Printable worksheet with five number lines displaying whole numbers from 0 to 10.

From NCTM Illuminations' Lesson ""

Type: Worksheet