**A Making It Work Guest Blog**

I have seen alligators, fish, movable Popsicle sticks, and more as ways to teach the math idea of greater than or less than to young children. Even though these are a good visual tools, to be honest, there are no alligators or even fish in mathematics.

Because many students still fail to understand this concept, here is a different approach which you might want to try. Since all kids know how to connect dots, let’s use that approach.

Suppose we have two numbers 8 and 3. Ask the students,

Now ask,

Now have the students connect the dots.

It will work every time! When two numbers are equal, put two dots beside each number and connect the dots to make an equal sign.

What makes this method a little different is that the students can visually see which number is greater because it has the most dots beside it; so when reading the number sentence, it is usually read correctly.

This Everyday Learning guest post was written by Scipi, an educator from Kansas who currently teaches math at the local community college. Read more of her easy-to-use math ideas at gofigurewithscipi.blogspot.com.

**How are you exploring elementary math concepts today?**

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