Comparing Worksheets for Kindergarten
You might have seen this topic and thought to yourself, “How does this page of teacher resources differ from the other topic that is on this exact standard?” We issued the other page you are referring to first and we got feedback from many different teachers. While the ultimate goal is to compare integers, students often get hung up on the basic concept of waging a comparison in general. We wrote this series of resources to target that particular skill putting the integers aside and focusing on just comparing anything. These worksheets and lessons help students learn how to compare groups of images which leads them towards understanding how to compare integers. The values are present in word and visual form.
Aligned Standard: Kindergarten - K.CC.7
- Comparing the Number of Objects in a Group Step-by-step Lesson- Compare group A to Group be using a simple counting method.
- More, Less, Or Equal Guided Lesson - I got a little carried away with all the cute little figures, I have to admit.
- Guided Lesson Explanation for More, Less, or Equal- This one is a bit long to make sure I got all the thoughts in there for kids.
- Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal Coloring Challenge - This was a pretty fun one to dream up. Compare various sets of objects to a fixed set.
- Halloween Candy Comparisons - See who came home with the most and least candy.
- Less, More, Equal Worksheet- A nice way to solidify the concept with shapes.
- Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal Worksheet - We give you four sets and have you compare them.
- Numbers Line Reference- Use the numbers line as a guide to help you with these problems.
- Color More or Less Worksheet - This is a directions driven worksheet for you.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
- Compare Worksheet- What better to compare than sparrow and frogs.
- Compare Counting Worksheet - In this one you are comparing a series of groups to each other. Nice for compare and contrast with math.
- Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal Worksheet 1 - We compare out four different groups in a descriptive setting.
- Greater Than, Less Than, or Equal Worksheet 2 - All of these sets have a horizontal orientation to change the perspective a bit for you.
- Comparing the Number of Objects in a Group Step by Step Lesson- Compare stars to tomatoes.
- More, Less, Or Equal Guided Lesson- Compare the number of modern to the number of ancient images in this set.
- More, Less, Or Equal Guided Lesson Explanation- A simple head count can get you in the right frame of mind to answer this one.
How Do You Teach Kindergarteners to Compare?
About every two years I tend to accept a student teacher to work with me for about three months. I find this particular topic to be taught differently by ever student teacher I have ever had. You can quickly see who is playing the long game and who did not put a great deal of effort into the lesson. If you truly are attempting to help students master this concept there is a logical progression that takes a good amount of time.
One to One Matching - Students at this stage most likely do not know how to count or at least are still having a bit of trouble with it. I like to approach this by having them work with hands-on blocks or Legos. I use blocks that are identical in every way (shape, size, color). I will build a stack of them and ask students to match that exact stack of blocks. I have seen a teachers work on width rather than height. I find that students get the concept of height much quicker.
Not Equal (Inequality) - This all starts with introducing the vocabulary words “more” and “less”. When then go back to the blocks and have students go through several exercises that reinforces them identifying which pile of blocks is more and which are less. A good habit to get into is once students have a good handle on this concept, I introduce blocks with different colors. This way they do not get stuck sense of appearance.
Comparing Three Things - Until now students have just been focused on two things. If you add a third object, this heats thing up. This is slightly more complex and can result in two comparisons in one. I ask students to describe two things when comparing this group.
Reorientate the Comparison - Remember how I said that it was smart to start with vertical comparisons? I would now switch it up, make it horizontal. It is also a good idea to mix up the items you are comparing. This way students really get a great deal more comfortable with this concept just a bit outside their comfort zone.