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#2075. Fun with Greater or less in Math

Mathematics, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Dec 7 05:12:24 PST 2000 by Bronwyn maggi (bmaggi@hotmail.com).
Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, USA
Materials Required: cards or dominos
Activity Time: approximately twenty minutes
Concepts Taught: Value of numbers

Bronwyn Maggi
Lesson Plan
November 30, 2000

1. Goal Statement

This lesson is to teach students comparison in terms of less, more or the same. Learning to compare objects in terms of less, more or the same is used everyday in the child's life and vital to the child's academic growth.

2. Objectives

1. The students will compare the two cards and decide which one is greater, less or the same.
2. The students will understand the value of a number.
3. The students will learn to find equal amounts.

3. Procedures

A. Opening

1. The teacher will began by asking students if they have ever played war with their friends or families.
2. The teacher will ask the students to tell her about the game of war. Eventually either the teacher or the students will state the object of the game. The teacher will tell the students that we are going to be playing a game similar to "War".
3. The teacher will hold up either a card with dots or a domino and will ask the children how many dots are on the card/domino.
4. Then a teacher will hold up another card/domino of greater, lesser, or the same value and ask the students if there is a difference in the amount of dots. The teacher will have the students expand on their answer. Ask them how they got their answers or ask them to give another example.

B. Body

1. The students will find a partner for this activity.
2. Each pair of students will receive a deck of cards with dots on them or dominos and a spinner that was labeled more/less.
3. The teacher will then explain the rules to the class.
4. The rules to this game are simply the same as "War", but with one exception. The person with the higher amount of dots does not necessarily win every time. The student's will take turn spinning the spinner each time a card/domino is about to be flipped. If the spinner says "less" this simply means that the student whose card/domino is the lesser of the two wins and keeps both cards/dominos. If the spinner says "more" the students whose card/domino is greater of the two will win and keeps both cards/dominos.
5. If the students' cards/dominos are exactly the same, both players will lay two extra cards on top of each other and then flip the third card/dominos to find a winner (also known as the "War").
6. The student that does not run out of cards is the winner
C. Closing

1. The teacher will review one last to the class the meaning of more and less.
2. The teacher will write two numbers on the board and have the students answer whether the first number is greater or less than the second number.
3. The teacher will have them do a worksheet for ten minutes working on number comparison.

4. Materials

1. Cards with dots on them or dominos
2. A more/less spinner
3. worksheet
4. Chalkboard/chalk

5. Evaluation

1. The first type of evaluation will be very informal. The teacher will simply ask the class as a whole question about the game and number comparison.
2. The second type of evaluation will be formal. This would be a test with question about number comparison. For example 5 is more/less than 9.