Whether you set it up the day after Halloween, the first weekend of December, or wait till Christmas Eve itself, the Christmas tree is a focal point of the Christmas season. And why wouldn’t it be? With twinkling lights, homemade ornaments, tinsel, and gifts all wrapped below, there is just something about the Christmas tree that brings so much joy and hope into the Christmas season.
It also can bring some joy (and hope!) into your school day. If you have not yet seen our many Christmas themed pintables, there are so many to explore!
And now, with these printable Christmas comparisons, we’ve truly got you covered for all things Christmas!
Comparing Christmas Trees
As your children begin to master one-to-one correspondence, it’s important to phase them into a new set of skills: comparison.
Learning that quantities are greater than, less than, or equal to others is a foundational skill that will allow your learner to develop critical thinking and analytical skills later on.
It also will continue to deepen your learners’ one-to-one correspondence and number fluency abilities.
These Christmas comparisons are a great way to begin teaching comparison skills while also familiarizing your kiddo with the “greater than”, “less than” and “equal” terms and symbols.
With numbers ranging from 0-10, this printable gives you 8 different sets of numbers to compare, making it the perfect math center activity for kindergarteners or even first graders!
Prepping Christmas Comparisons
This printable is super easy to make and needs almost no prep. Simply print out the Christmas comparison cards and run through the laminator for durability.
Cut out the three circles on the last page that have the greater than, less than, and equal signs.
Students will use these symbols after counting the ornaments on each tree to show whether the first Christmas tree has greater, lesser, or equal value than the second tree.
Going Beyond the Printable
Being able to compare quantities is an important skill as it lays the foundation for subtraction, addition, rounding, and many other math and critical thinking skills.
If your little learner is quick to pick up this skill, it’s easy to continue to build on it! For example, if your kiddo blew through this printable on the first round, add in some beads or use a dry erase marker to add more ornaments!
You can also give your student dice to roll. Whatever number they roll, they must add that many ornaments onto one of the trees. Then have them roll again and add that many ornaments onto the other tree. Now they can compare the new set of ornaments.
There are so many ways you can add to the fun of these printables to make them even more engaging and challenging for your learners!