In this activity, we will be comparing two numbers and selecting the correct statement using the symbols:

< (less than)

> (greater than)

__Example 1__

Compare:

475 and 511

**Answer**

Compare the **hundreds **digits.

The one with the smaller hundreds digit is the smaller number.

475 is **less **than 511.

475 < 511

511 is **greater **than 475.

511 > 475

__Example 2__

Compare:

396 and 348

**Answer**

Compare the **hundreds **digits.

They are the *same*. So...

Compare the **tens **digits.

The one with the larger tens digit is the larger number.

396 is **greater **than 348.

396 > 348

348 is **less **than 396.

348 < 396

__Example 3__

Compare:

526 and 523

**Answer**

Compare the **hundreds **digits.

They are the *same*. So...

Compare the **tens **digits.

They are the *same*. So...

Compare the **ones **digits.

The one with the larger ones digit is the larger number.

526 is **greater **than 523.

526 > 523

523 is **less **than 526.

523 < 526

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