Gator Chomp!

So I walked in to Dollar Tree during spring break in search of a little math inspiration.
What teacher doesn't do that during their time off?!? I know I'm not the only one.
I came across these little guys and it was total love at first sight!
Not only are they adorable but I instantly saw a fun math center in the making!
I introduce to you.... "Who's Greater Alligator?"
{doesn't the rhyming make you smile?} :)
I wrote out three and four digit numbers on green index cards. Students randomly choose two cards to lay out in front of them. The alligator chomps the greatest number and students can then create a comparative sentence on their recording sheet.
I tell you what, it has been the life of the party during math centers this week! It was so simple for me to put together and it's been great practice for my littles. You could easily adjust to lower grade levels by using one or two digit numbers. Upper grades could use them to compare fractions!
The possibilities are endless my friends!
I threw together a quick little freebie to keep my kiddos accountable during this independent math center.
It's yours to download, if you like it! Just click {HERE}!
If you snag it, please leave me a little note and let me know what you think!
Happy T.G.I {almost}F!


  1. Ahh I love it! I was JUST there, too! Definitely going to have to go back and get thsoe. We have been working hard on inequalities this week :)

    Thanks for the freebie!

    Teachery Tidbits

  2. I love it! This is a great idea. I will be stopping in the store to get some of the alligators.

  3. That is the cutest idea! You are so creative!!

    Jen's Kinder Kids

  4. This is adorable! I definitely want to run out and get those alligators right now!

  5. These are so fun! I hope my Dollar Tree has them!
    A Cupcake for the Teacher

  6. I just walked up and down every aisle in the Dollar Tree to find these...FINALLY found them and bought all they had left! Can't wait to use them!

  7. Super cute and engaging! The kids will be all over it!
    Off to the dollar store tomorrow:)

    The Resourceful Apple

  8. This is such a cute activity!

    I'm in Australia and we don't have Dollar Tree :( so sad.. I always see people using things from there in such nifty ways!!

    Thanks for sharing :)


    Early Years Fun

  9. Hi! I love your blog! Just happened to find you on TPT and glad I clicked on your blog. I happened to see these alligators and I thought how cute! It didn't even cross my mind to get them for greater than and less than so I am going back tomorrow to get them!


    The Bilingual Teacher

  10. I just got my clips a couple days ago. Thanks for sharing your freebie! :)

  11. SOOOOOOOO going to go buy these! LOVE your blog glad I found you! I am your newest follower!


    Fearless in First

  12. I'm going to keep my eyes open for those clips up here, too!
    A song you may wish to incorporate is the Number Eating Alligator... it is a free download from Ron Brown on his Intellitunes website
    I've been using it for years, with kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2!


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