I created this lesson as I was struggling to find a simple introduction to inequality symbols. This lesson aims to teach pupils how to correctly use the symbols for:
- Greater than
- Less than
- Greater than or Equal to
- Less than or Equal to
- Not equal to
- Equal to
This was aimed at a mid-high ability year 7 group (who were struggling to correctly understand that equals means equal to, not 'the answer is') and a lower ability year 8 group.
The final activity is a problem solving activity that I used with teams. The pupils must solve the problems, then choose an inequality that represents their solutions. To extend further, pupils created their own situations and used inequality notation to describe a number, and their peers had to guess what the number was.
Those of us following the Kangaroo Maths Scheme of Learning, this fits in with Stage 7 - Counting and Comparing.