Lesson 11
Place Value Comparisons (Part 2)
Warmup: True or False: Greater Than or Less Than (10 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this True or False is to elicit strategies and understandings students have for working with the value of the digits in a threedigit number. These understandings help students consider place value when comparing threedigit numbers. This will be helpful later when students compare threedigit numbers without visual representations.
Launch
 Display one statement.
 “Give me a signal when you know whether the statement is true and can explain how you know.”
 1 minute: quiet think time
Activity
 Share and record answers and strategy.
 Repeat with each statement.
Student Facing
Decide if each statement is true or false. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.
 \(86 > 80 + 4\)
 \(400 + 40 + 6 < 846\)
 \(330 < 300 + 3\)
 \(500 + 50 > 505\)
Student Response
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Activity Synthesis
 “How could expanded form help you decide whether the expression \(330 < 300 + 3\) is true or false?” (I knew that 30 is 3 tens and 3 is only 3 ones, so 330 is greater than 303.)
Activity 1: Compare and Explain (15 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to compare threedigit numbers based on their understanding of place value. They are invited to explain or show their thinking in any way that makes sense to them. A number line is provided. Students may revise their thinking after locating the numbers on the number line, or may choose to draw diagrams to represent their thinking. During the activity synthesis, methods based on comparing the value of digits by place are highlighted.
For the last problem, students persevere in problem solving as there are many ways to make most of inequalities true but students will need to think strategically in order to fill out all of them. In particular, 810 can be used in the first, second, or fourth inequality but it needs to be used in the fourth because it is the only number on the list that is larger than 793.
Supports accessibility for: Conceptual Processing, Organization
Launch
 Groups of 2
 “In the warmup, you saw that different forms of writing a number can help you think about the value of each digit.”
 Write \(564\phantom{3} \boxed{\phantom{33}}\phantom{3}504\) on the board.
 “What symbol would make this expression true? Explain.” (>, because they both have 500, but the first number has 6 tens or 60 and the second number has 0 tens.)
Activity
 “Today you will be comparing threedigit numbers by looking at place value.”
 “If it helps, you can use baseten diagrams or expanded form to help you think about place value.”
 “Try it on your own and then compare with your partner.”
 5 minutes: independent work time
 5 minutes: partner work time
 Monitor for students who compare the numbers without drawing baseten diagrams or using a number line.
Student Facing
Compare the numbers.

\(>\), \(=\), or \(<\)
521
\(\boxed{\phantom{33}}\)
523
Explain or show your thinking. If it helps, use a diagram or number line.

\(>\), \(=\), or \(<\)
889
\(\boxed{\phantom{33}}\)
878
Explain or show your thinking. If it helps, use a diagram or number line.

Place the numbers in the blanks to make each comparison true. Use each number only once. Use baseten diagrams or a number line if it helps.
810
529
752
495
 \(\underline{\hspace{1 cm}} > 519\)
 \(687 < \underline{\hspace{1 cm}}\)
 \(\underline{\hspace{1 cm}} < 501\)
 \(\underline{\hspace{1 cm}} > 793\)
Student Response
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Advancing Student Thinking
If students write comparison statements that are not true, consider asking:
 “Could you read each statement aloud?”
 “How did you know your statement is true?”
 “How could you use the baseten diagram or number line to help you show whether your statement is true or false?”
Activity Synthesis
 Display \(564 > 504\) .
 Display \(500 + 60 + 4 > 500 + 4\).
 “We decided that this was a true statement. How does the expanded form of these numbers help justify our thinking?” (We can see the value of each place, so we can compare each digit.)
 Invite previously selected students to share how they compared numbers without drawing diagrams or using the number line.
Activity 2: Play Greatest of Them All (20 minutes)
Narrative
The purpose of this activity is for students to learn stage 2 of the Greatest of Them All center. Students use digit cards to create the greatest possible number. As each student draws a card, they choose where to write it on the recording sheet. Once a digit is placed, it can’t be moved. Students compare their numbers using \(<\), \(>\), or \(=\). The player with the greater number in each round gets a point.
Students should remove cards that show 10 from their deck.
Advances: Conversing, Reading
Required Materials
Materials to Gather
Materials to Copy
 Greatest of Them All Stage 2 Recording Sheet
Launch
 Groups of 2
 Give each group a set of number cards and each student a recording sheet.
 “Now you will be playing the Greatest of Them All center with your partner.”
 “You will try to make the greatest threedigit number you can.”
 Display number cards and recording sheet.
 Demonstrate picking a card.
 “If I pick a (2), I need to decide whether I want to put it in the hundreds, tens, or ones place to make the largest threedigit number.”
 “Where do you think I should put it?” (I think it should go in the ones place because it is a low number. In the hundreds place, it would only be 200.)
 30 seconds: quiet think time
 Share responses.
 “At the same time, my partner is picking cards and building a number, too.”
 “Take turns picking a card and writing each digit in a space.”
 “Read your comparison aloud to your partner.”
Activity
 “Now play a few rounds with your partner.”
 15 minutes: partner work time
Activity Synthesis
 Select a group to share a comparison statement. For example: \(654 > 349 \) and \(349 < 654\).
 “I noticed that partners had different comparison statements for the same numbers. How can they both be true?”
 “If I draw an 8, where should I choose to place it and why?” (I would put it in the hundreds place since it’s almost the highest number I could draw. I might not get 9. With 800, I have a good chance for my number to be larger than my partner’s.)
Lesson Synthesis
Lesson Synthesis
“Today we compared numbers by looking at the digits and thought about how to use digits to make the greatest number possible.”
Display digits 2, 0, and 9 (in a vertical list).
“Using these digits, what is the greatest number you can make?” (920)
“Using these digits, what is the smallest threedigit number you can make?” (209, because a threedigit number cannot start with zero.)
Cooldown: Place Value Comparisons (5 minutes)
CoolDown
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