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Comparing My State

Comparing My State

Activity Description


Students will compare data for two states using comparison symbols and both rounded and unrounded (exact) numbers. Students will then write their own question to compare the data.

Suggested Grade Level


Approximate Time Required

45 minutes

Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to round large numbers to different place values.
  • Students will be able to compare multidigit numbers using symbols.

Materials Required

  • The student version of this activity, 6 pages
  • A computer with Internet access for each student
  • Teacher computer with Internet access and a projector to display web sites

Activity Item

This activity uses the following online tool:

Additional Information

Teacher Notes

Blooms Taxonomy

Blooms Taxonomy

Students will apply their understanding of place value and comparison symbols to write comparison statements about census data on two states. Then they will create a comparison question that can be answered with those data.


Elementary School Math


  • Population
  • Rounding
  • States

Skills Taught

  • Analyzing data
  • Comparing multidigit numbers using symbols
Page Last Revised - October 13, 2021
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