I am student teaching in first grade (and LOVE it!). Last week my CT introduced greater than, less than, and equal to and the kids did great. Today I tried to teach the same concept, but this time they had to circle the actual words instead of the symbols and they were completely lost. At the beginning of the lesson, I showed them cards that had the symbol and the words written on them and hung the cards of the board. I told the students that if they were stuck just to look on the board for help. Next, we did the first problem together referencing the cards. Finally, when I turned them loose to do the next problem on their own half the hands went up for help and the other half just circled something to be done. Any suggestions for helping them make the connection between the symbols and the words. They have to circle the words on the test.