- Display two, 2-digit numbers on a board.
- Begin by having students look at the tens and ones place in the two numbers.
- If the tens place is different, have them underline the tens place. If it is the same, have them underline the ones place.
- Depending on which is underlined, have students compare the numbers in either the tens or ones place.
- Tell students that each number will receive some dots.
- The greater number will receive two dots because it is the greater number. The lesser number will only receive one dot because it is the smaller number.
- Students should draw the dots beside each number.
- Then, have students connect the dots. If students follow the rules, it should be a error-proof way to make sure they draw the symbols in the correct direction.
- Have students practice this several times but present the problem in different ways such as drawing symbols, comparing numbers without symbols, and using base ten blocks.

A fun follow-up activity is to have students practice this in a center.

**Materials Needed Per Student:**

- Number Cards
- Recording Sheet
- 3 Chips (You can get the ones I used here, but any chip/circle counter will work.)
- 2 Pieces of Yarn

**Steps:**

- Place several number cards in a center.
- Students will draw two cards and write the numbers on the lines on the recording sheet.
- Then, students will use chips and yarn to create and connect the dots. The greater number will receive two dots/chips, while the smaller number will only receive one dot/chip. Once the dots/chips are placed, students will connect them with the pieces of yarn.
- Once students have physically made the symbol, they will draw it on their recording sheet using the connecting the dots system.

I've put together a *FREE* packet you can use to create the center. It includes 2 & 3-digit number cards and a recording sheet.

For more great freebies, check out Molly's Fabulous Freebies on the Fifteenth at Lucky to Be in First!

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