* To understand the concepts of greater than, less than, and equal to
* To determine which number is bigger or smaller in a set of two numbers
* To determine if two numbers are equal to each other
* To recognize the symbols <, >, and =
* To determine which symbol to use in a set of two numbers
* Popsicle Sticks
* Markers or Paint
* Googly Eyes
* White Construction Paper
* Dry Erase Board and Dry Erase Marker (optional)
* Once your math monster munchers are made, use a dry erase board and marker (you can use paper/pencil, as well) to write two different numbers, leaving enough space in between for the monsters to fit in the middle. Have your child determine which math monster muncher to use according to the relationship between the numbers. Explain that the "monster" wants to eat the biggest number. This will help them determine which symbol to use. As you are working, use the vocabulary of greater than, less than, and equal to.
|This is also a great way to introduce negative|
numbers and talk about how they are smaller
than positive numbers.