Grade 5 Math: Comparing Whole Numbers

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Comparing whole numbers involves working with anything valued at zero and above. Learn about comparing whole numbers in grade five math with help from a professional private tutor in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Rachel, and today we're going to be going over grade 5 math comparing whole numbers. Whole numbers are numbers from 0 and anything above 0. We're not going to be looking at negative numbers when we are dealing with whole numbers because that is what we call integers. So it's natural numbers, one, two, three, four onto infinity and we also include the 0. Now when we are comparing these numbers, we're going to use a few different symbols. We're going to use greater than, less than and equal to. When you are teaching the fifth graders, right, greater than or less than, something that I like to remember is the bigger number right, gets the bigger area on this you know, sign, whereas the smaller number gets the small point. So if you are comparing let's say five and two, five is the bigger number, five gets the bigger area and two is a smaller number, it gets that small point right there. Then if you are going to write it like this you have to reverse it, two is less than five and have them practice reading it out loud so they get used to saying five is greater than two, two is less than five, so they get used to these symbols. You can also have them learn greater than or equal to, less than or equal to when they add that line below the less than sign, right, becomes less than or equal to. So you can have two is less than or equal to five. You can also have five is less than or equal to five right, because it's or equal to and then of course, with the equal to we know that five is equal to five. You can also even have them do something like five is not equal to six, right. That doesn't work. So those are all symbols that you can have them familiarize themselves with. I'm Rachel and thanks for learning with us today.


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