# Greater Than and Lesser Than Worksheets

What Does Greater Than and Lesser Than Mean? When mathematics is all about numbers, it makes total sense that there must be comparisons between them. Some might be bigger numbers, some smaller and some equal to those that are already in use. When comparison took place, there was a need to use signs in between them to indicate which one is greater, and which one is lesser. There are 3 signs that we most commonly use when comparing numbers. The greater-than sign, which is like a v sign '>'. This sign is used to indicate which number is greater than the other. The next sign is lesser than which is also a v kind of sign, but with its face on the opposite side, '<'. It is used when a number is lesser than the second number. An example of the usage of these two signs is; 34 > 20. This shows that the value 35 is greater than the value 20. 8 < 13, this indicates that the value is 8 is less than 13.

• ### Basic Lesson

Provides a visual math lesson by using a numbers line. Includes practice problems. Look at the line above and match the first number in the problem to the line. If it appears before the second number on the line, then it is lesser than; it has a lower value, the second. If it is higher on the line than the second, then it is greater than; it has a higher value, than the second.

• ### Independent Practice 1

Includes 20 greater or lesser than problems. Includes a numbers line as a reference. Circle whether the first number is greater or lesser than the second.

• ### Independent Practice 2

Includes 20 greater or lesser than problems. Answers can be found below.

• ### Homework Worksheet

Circle greater than or less than. An example is provided.

• ### Skill Quiz

Compare 2 numbers using greater than or lesser than. 10 problems in all.

• ### Homework and Quiz Answer Key

Answers for the homework and quiz.

• ### Lesson and Practice Answer Key

Answers for both lessons and both practice sheets.

#### What is Small Anyway?

"There is no smallest among the small and no largest among the large; but always something still smaller and something still larger." Anaxagoras (500-428 BC) Pre-Socratic Greek philosopher who attempted a scientific account of the celestial bodies.