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What does compare mean?
In math, to compare means to examine the difference between numbers, quantities or values to decide if it is greater than, smaller than or equal.

Here, for instance, we are comparing numbers.

compare numbers

By comparing, we can define or find by how much a number is greater or smaller. 

Compare numbers - greater or smaller

Here’s how we can also compare decimals and fractions. 

compare fraction and decimal

Here’s how we can make comparisons in our daily life. 

comparison in daily life

Here, we are comparing the length of two line segments. 

compare length

We can also compare distances between two places.

compare distance

Here’s how we can make comparison of weight of two quantities. 

compare weight

Here we can comparing the volume of liquids. 

compare volume

  Fun Facts

  • We can also compare how shapes are alike or different.

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Instead of handing out comparison worksheets, ask your child to compare different things around him, for instance, number of cookies in two jars, the quantity of juice in two glasses. 

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