# Greater than / Less than

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## In this greater than less than video…

Dundee has arrived at Skylar and Henry’s and they are hungry! Skylar and Henry have some salad they can share with Dundee but they need to make sure they give Dundee the greatest amount each time. Let’s have a look at less than and greater than as well as the greater and less than signs.

## Crocodile greater than less than

How do you remember less than greater than? We often remember the greater than less than signs by thinking of a crocodile, like Dundee! Just like Dundee, crocodiles are hungry so they will always open their mouths towards the greatest amount and the greater than less than symbol looks a bit like a crocodile’s mouth!

• < - less than
• > - greater than

## Greater than and less than

Skylar and Henry have some carrots to give to Dundee. Skylar brings 15 carrots and Henry brings 26. Is 15 less than or greater than 26? 15 is less than 26. Once we know this we can write a maths sentence using a greater than or less than sign. This time we will use the less than sign: 15 < 26.

## Greater or less than

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### TranscriptGreater than / Less than

"Henry, it's almost time for Dundee to get here, are you ready?" "Of course I am!"

## Greater than / Less than exercise

Would you like to apply the knowledge you’ve learnt? You can review and practice it with the tasks for the video Greater than / Less than.
• ### Show which number is greater.

Hints

Count the images to work out which number is larger.

Remember, the greater than and less than signs are like hungry crocodiles. The opening faces the larger number.

Solution

16 is the larger number, so we use the greater than symbol to say 16 > 12.

The opening faces the larger number.

• ### Which symbol fits in the gap?

Hints

Think about which number is greater. The opening of the symbol always faces the larger number.

When we write the greater than sign, it faces the greater number: 65 > 44.

When we write the less than sign, it faces away from the smaller number: 44 < 65

Solution

11 is less than 38.

• ### Which sentence matches the picture?

Hints

Read the number, the sign, and the other number out loud to find your maths sentence.

Remember, the maths sentence is read from left to right.

For example, this reads fifty-three is greater than twenty-two.

Solution

The sentence that matches 61>12 is sixty-one is greater than twelve.

We read the first number, sixty-one, followed by the sign, greater than, and the last number, twelve. The maths sentence is sixty-one is greater than twelve.

• ### Which maths sentences are correct?

Hints

Remember, the two numbers are 7 and 14. Which number is greater?

Try saying the maths sentence out loud.

Solution

The numbers were 14 and 7. Since 14 is greater than 7, we write it using the greater than symbol (14 > 7).

Since 7 is less than 14, we write it using the less than symbol (7 < 14).

Dundee is going to eat the 14 cupcakes, since that is the greater amount!

• ### Complete the sentence.

Hints

Remember, the symbols (< >) look like a hungry crocodile's mouth!

Look at the example 10 > 2. Is the opening towards the bigger or smaller number here?

Solution

The opening of the symbol always faces the bigger number!

Just like Dundee opens his mouth towards the biggest pile of food, the symbol opens towards the bigger number. Example: 5 > 3, 3 < 5.

• ### Match the number sentence to the symbol.

Hints

Remember, the symbol faces the larger number like a hungry crocodile.

Read the number sentence from left to right.

Solution

We place the corresponding symbols by looking at which number is greater.

The greater than symbol is represented by > and the less than symbol is represented by <.

The crocodile mouth faces the greater number.