Building number sense is so important in Kindergarten math, and we spend a lot of time on comparing numbers. But what about when your students are ready to go beyond simply comparing?
Teaching comparing and ordering sets in Kindergarten takes those number sense skills to the next level.
This can be a difficult skill to practice though! These free kindergarten math center activities make comparing and ordering sets fun and meaningful.
Why is comparing and ordering sets important?
Being able to compare numbers is an essential component to number sense. Students need to be able to truly understand that numbers represent quantities, and some numbers represent larger quantities than others.
(Dice math games are a fun way to practice this!)
Having a strong foundation in number sense will be important to truly understand place value when students begin to work with larger numbers.
By asking students to then complete the task of ordering sets, it helps solidify the concept that numbers get larger as they go up because the quantities get larger.
Kindergarten Math Center 1: Spin and Compare
The first free kindergarten math center activity is this spin and compare numbers center.
For this kindergarten math center, students will spin a number and draw that many dots in the box. They will repeat this set two times until all three boxes have dots.
Then, students will compare the numbers. They will color the box with the least dots red and the box with the most dots green.
For this comparing numbers activity, it includes spinners 1-10, 6-15, and 11-20 so you can differentiate.
Kindergarten Math Center 2: Ordering Sets
Once your students are secure in comparing three sets and identifying the least and most, you can move on to ordering sets in Kindergarten.
This free math center activity makes ordering sets in Kindergarten fun!
Students will look at three pictures and put them in order from least to greatest. The variety of pictures included keeps this math center from getting old.
If you are already masters at ordering sets in Kindergarten, you can push your students by using the sets to 20 cards.
Before long, your students will be experts at comparing and ordering sets!
Building number sense is essential in kindergarten, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and hands on! These free math center activities will help take your lessons on comparing and ordering three sets to the next level.
Grab your free math centers below!