# Comparing and Ordering Numbers Dice Game & Other Activities for 1st Graders

By Tracey Bleakley

Comparing and ordering numbers is one of the basic skills that 1st grade students need to master. Use these hands-on activities to help your students become experts at comparing and ordering numbers.

Whenever students are presented with a new concept, it's helpful to give them lots of opportunities to practice it in different ways. The dice game is a great way to teach and review ordering and comparing numbers with your 1st grade students. For students with beginning number sense use activities with smaller numbers and as the students' understanding of numbers becomes more advanced challenge them with higher numbers.

## Comparing Numbers with Dice

Materials

Six sided dice, one for each child

A small container filled with snap cubes, pennies or other manipulatives for keeping score

Procedure

This two player game is perfect for children who are just learning to compare numbers. To play, each child rolls a die and the children decide who has the higher number. The player with the higher number takes one counter from the bowl. The children continue to roll their dice and compare their rolls. If they roll the same number they roll again with no one getting a counter. Play for a set amount of time. When the time is up, each child counts his counters to see who has collected the most.

Variations

• Use a twelve or twenty-four sided dice to make the game more challenging. You can also have the students roll two dice and add the numbers together before they compare.

• For students who have trouble comparing the dots on the six-sided die, provide counters so that they can count out the number they roll when comparing.

• Use playing cards instead of dice and turn a game of Battle or War into a math game! Take out the face cards and instead of using counters, the student who puts down the higher cards can keep the cards.