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Comparing Numbers With The Hungry Alligator

Numberock's Comparing Numbers Song features Slater The Hungry Alligator who emerges from his swamp one morning to find 2 unattended picnic baskets with that weigh 32 oz. and 84 oz. each. Sing along to help him figure out which picnic basket contains the most delicious munchables.

Comparing Numbers to 100 Song Lyrics:

Thirty-two and eighty-four
The gator eats the one that’s worth more.
He looks at the place values from left to right;
eight’s the greatest tens place, so he takes a big bite.

CHORUS: The hungry alligator
eats the number that is greater.
The number that is least
is never part of his feast.

Fifty-five and thirty-two
The gator needs to eat the one with the greater value.
He looks at the place values from left to right;
five’s the greatest tens place, so he takes a big bite.


Forty-five and forty nine
The gator needs the greater value on the number line.
He looks at the place values from left to right;
Nine’s the greatest ones place, so he takes a big bite.


Now the numbers are the same on both sides.
The gator wants to eat, but he can’t decide.
Neither is greater or less; it’s a perfect tie,
so the alligator writes an “equals” sign.


Spoken Word:
Hi There, I’m an alligator and I’d like to take this opportunity to
tell you that the greater than symbol goes from big to small and
it’s called the “Greater Than” symbol. The less than symbol goes
from small to big and it’s called the “Less Than” symbol.
The larger number always goes on the open side of the angle. For
example, this is read as “Fifty is greater than ten.”And this is read
as “Ten is less than fifty.”

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core place value standards from Kindergarten – 1st Grade. Look into the relevant standards here or dig deeper into teaching the concept of number comparisons to 100 here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned comparing numbers lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 1.NBT.3 and K.CC.6 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets

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