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In reflecting upon this lesson, I could not help but ponder what I would do differently next time: I would use more than three pictures in my initial diagram to avoid a skip count interpretation of the greater than and less than symbols; I would allow students time to explore and discuss their own ideas for greater than and less than symbols before providing the formal signs; and so on.
Bonnie Fuller, from the Huffington Post, sees the well-toned arms as nothing less than symbols of the audacity of hope.
Further Investigating Greater Than, Less Than and Equal To -- A set of lesson plans from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics' Illuminations Web site that use cutouts of open-mouthed fish to highlight the greater than or less than symbols.