Lesson 3: Numbers 1-5: Ordering and Comparing

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • How can we compare numbers?
  • How do we explain our thinking mathematically?


  • Order objects and numbers 1 through 5
  • Compare objects and numbers 1 through 5


  • abacus (kit)
  • base-10 blocks (kit)
  • colored pencils or markers
  • counters (kit)
  • dice (kit)
  • items to count
  • laminated number line (kit)
  • number cards (kit)


During this lesson, your child will practice ordering and comparing objects within the quantity of 5. Begin by asking your child to show you the number 5 on his fingers. Once he's shown 5 in one way, challenge him to show you 5 in another way on his fingers. Remind him as needed that he can use both hands to show the number 5. Can he come up with yet another way to show the number 5 on his fingers?