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Measurement: Compare Lengths and Masses

In this worksheet, students will compare and order lengths and masses, and practise the use of >, < and = signs.

'Measurement: Compare Lengths and Masses' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Year:  Year 2 Maths worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Measurement

Curriculum subtopic:   Compare Measurements

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will compare and order lengths and masses with the use of signs   >< and = .


 > means greater than.

<  means smaller than.


Remember that the biggest number is always at the big opening. Think of this as being like a crocodile who is always hungry - his open mouth always gobbles up the bigger number.





10 millimetres (mm) = 1 centimetre (cm)

100 centimetres (cm) = 1 metre (m)



1000 grams (g) = 1 kilogram (kg)



Example 1

Fill in the missing symbol:  >< or = 


A stamp is 20 mm high

A sticker is 3 cm high.


height of stamp      height of sticker




The stamp is 20 mm high. 

The sticker is 30 mm high. 3 cm = 30 mm because 1 cm = 10 mm.


20 is less than 30.

20 mm < 30 mm.


height of stamp      height of sticker



Example 2

Fill in the missing symbol.


A packet of crisps has a mass of 200 g.

A bag of flour has a mass of 1 kg.


mass of flour      mass of crisps




The crisps have a mass of 200 g.

The flour has a mass of 1000 g because 1 kg is 1000 g.


1000 is more than 200.

1000 g > 200 g.


mass of flour      mass of crisps




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