Daily practice is a great way to learn decimals and this decimal of the day sheet is the perfect way for quick review.
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Many times our struggling mathematicians need constant review. They need to see a concept over and over and in numerous ways for an understanding to sink in. So I created a decimal of the day, that is similar to my Fraction of the Day.
Once you have that part ready, the children have five activities they will do with the decimal you choose.
Step One: Expanded Form
The students simply break apart the number and rewrite it in expanded form. For example, if the number is .35 they will recognize that 3 stands for 3 tenths and the 5 for 5hundreths. They will then write an equation such as
.3 + .05 = .35
Step 2: Equivalent Fractions
One goal of teaching decimals is to relate them to fractions. This part of Decimal of the Day, gets children thinking of different fractions that equal the decimal. Encourage children to not always write their decimal over 100, but to find other fractions it equals. it is important for them to recognize that .25 is not just 25/100 but also 1/4.
Now the children get to practice adding and subtracting decimals. The directions simply state to create an equation with the decimal in it. If you find that your students are alway subtracting or adding by 1 or .1 you can outlaw using and equation that has one in it.
Step 4: Greater than of Less Than
This part of the Decimal of the Day can simply be to create an equation with the decimal in it that show greater than or less than……or you can add rules to this box too.
- Show a decimal that is at least .3 greater than our decimal
- What is a decimal that is .5 less than our decimal
Step 5: Number line
Finally, the students place the decimal of the day on the number line. My rule is that the number line can never start or end with the decimal. This way they are having to think about what comes before and after the decimal.
Calendar in the Upper-Grade Classroom
If you want more ideas on how to use this printable in your classroom, I would check out my Fraction of the Day post and/or calendar pieces. These posts go over how to set up a daily calendar time, and different ways to implement it in your class.
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