Which is Bigger, Faster, Farther?

Subject: Math

Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins

Topic: Comparing Decimals to the Thousandths

Grade Level: 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: In this lesson, students will compare decimals to the thousandths >, <, = by comparing weight, speed, or distance in a comic.

Know Before You Start:

  • Students should already know how to read decimals to the thousandths and be familiar with comparing values of decimals.

  • Students will need decimal cards e.g., index cards with random decimal numbers written on them, up to the thousandths place.

Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic.

  • Do you agree with the decimal comparison? How do you know?


  • Have each student choose two decimal cards

  • Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a three-to-four-panel comic, in which two characters compare their decimals in the context of weight, speed, or distance.

  • Remind students to:

    • Use >, <, = to compare their decimals.

    • Justify/explain their comparison.

Closure: Have students share their comic with a partner. Partners will state if they agree with the decimal comparison.


  • Display a class created anchor chart on comparing decimals.

  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.

  • Adjust the decimal values to meet individual needs.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.
  • Teacher created decimal cards.