Breaking down numbers into their component parts will also help your kids compare numbers. Children can easily look at a 2 and a 5 and see that the 5 is larger than the 2 but when numbers reach multiple-digits this becomes more difficult. Don’t worry, Homework Unlocked is here to help. Homework Unlocked offers homework help to parents so they can teach their kids how to excel in math.

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## Comparing Numbers

Breaking down numbers into their component parts will also help your kids when comparing numbers. Children can easily look at a 2 and a 5 and see that the 5 is larger than the 2 but when numbers reach multiple-digits this becomes more difficult. When asked to compare multiple-digit numbers:

First, look at the largest place value (Tip: for more information, please see the Homework Unlocked place value video) and compare that digit. If the largest place values match, move on to the second largest place value. Continue this until you determine that one number is larger than the other.

**Example 1**. Compare 698 to 701

**Step 1**: Look at the largest place value, in this example, the hundreds.

700 is greater than 600 because 7 is greater than 6. Thus, we know 698 is smaller than 701.

**Example 2**. Compare 5669 to 5673

**Step 1**: Look at the largest place value, the thousands.

*In this example, 5 is in the thousands place in both numbers. *5000 is equal to 5000*.*

Since the thousand places of the two numbers are equal we need to go to the next largest place value, the hundreds.

*6 is in the hundreds place in both numbers and* 600 is equal to 600.

Since the hundred places of the two numbers are also equal we need to go to the next largest place value, the tens.

*6 is in one 10s and 7 is in the second 10s.* 60 is less than 70, since 6 is less than 7!

Thus, we know that 5669 is less than 5673.

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