The crocodile eats the biggest bite 3>1
I'm pretty sure it's deductive reasoning. Hell, you can just replace the words in a sentence with the signs.
This is greater than that. This > that. That is less than this. That < this.
I'm in Alg2 and sometimes I forget O_O
Aside from the alligator trick, you can also say that the bigger one is pointing and laughing at the smaller one. 5>4. Ahahahaha.
< looks like a sideways L. Less than. Greater than is the other one.