Last week after assessing my students I noticed that a few of them could use a little bit of extra practice with the standard: CCSS.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.3 Compare two two-digit numbers based on meanings of the tens and ones digits, recording the results of comparisons with the symbols >, =, and <.
I originally taught the concept using the “alligator math” lesson and most of my students got it after that lesson. However, with the problems increasing in difficulty, I wanted to review the concept before moving ahead too fast.
Inspiration hit where it normally does: at Target. I had been thinking about how to make this lesson really come to life when I saw the most perfect prop ever.