How can we find out if numbers are bigger or smaller? This video shows us how to compare three-digit numbers. We can find out which number is greater or less by comparing the hundreds place to the hundreds place. If those are the same, then look next door at the tens place. A place value chart can help to organize numbers and see which is greater. We can use the greater than or less than symbols (remember the alligator) when comparing numbers. Luckily, these alligators don’t bite!

Understand that when comparing numbers, we start with the biggest place value, or digit furthest left

Learn that when comparing three digit numbers, start by comparing the hundreds place to the hundreds place, then move right if needed

Understand that a place value chart can help organize our numbers for comparison

Review the greater than and less than symbols

Standards addressed

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Compare two three-digit numbers based on meanings of the hundreds, tens, and ones digits, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons.