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Comparing Decimals 5th Grade | Free Printable | Fun Activities

In this article, I will show you the activities of comparing decimals 5th grade. Decimal numbers are important for the kiddos in 4th, 5th, or 6th grade. Another important task is to compare the two decimal numbers. It is a basic mathematical operation. I am going to show some exciting activities for the children of 5th grade to compare decimals.

5 Worksheets on Comparing Decimals 5th Grade

Download the following worksheets and practice.

Comparing Decimals 5th Grade

Base 10 Blocks

Worksheet #1

Decimal Grids

Worksheet #2

Number Lines

Worksheet #3

Cut & Paste

Worksheet #4

Treasure Hunt

Worksheet #5

I hope they will enjoy the interactive activities. 

Are you ready for a simple activity to practice comparing decimals? Well, this cut-and-paste sort is a fun way to get in some extra practice. 

Find the Greater Number in comparing decimals 5th gradePrep-Work 

I love to cut and paste activities. Why? Because the children get to do all the work, not me! And this activity is no exception.  

  • First, print off one copy per student for pages 3, 5, and 7. You will only need to print off one page per two students for pages 4, 6, and 8.  
  • Next, provide some glue and scissors. 
  • Now it is time to compare decimals. 

Comparing Decimals for 5th Graders 

As always, before you begin an activity that is more of an assessment, it is essential that children play with the decimals first. Here are a few ways to help children visualize decimals so that they can correctly compare them. It will increase their sense of basic mathematical operations. 

5 funny activities to compare decimals for 5th-grade students are given below: 

  • Base Ten Blocks 
  • Decimal Grids 
  • Number Lines 
  • Cut and Paste Activity 
  • Treasure Hunt 

Base Ten Blocks Instructions 

Base ten blocks are so easy to use, yet pack a powerful punch when it is time to help children compare decimals. The beauty of base ten blocks is that you can change which block equals one, and now it works for decimals.  

  • Typically, a cube equals one, but if you say the flat equals one-tenth, then the long equals one-hundredth and the cubes equal one-thousandth.  
  • Let’s try it out. If I’m comparing 0.446 and 0.46, I would build each number. We begin by looking at the first digit which is a four in the tenth place. So I’ll get out of four flats. 
  • Next, we move to the second digit, a four in the hundredth place. This means I need four longs.  
  • Finally, we make six-thousandths using six cubes. 
  • Now we want to make 0.46. We do this by using four flats to show four-tenths, and six longs to show six hundredths. 
  • And now it is easy to see that 0.46 is larger than 0.446.  

With these base ten blocks in front of me, it is easy to see that 5.2 is greater than 5.02.  

comparing decimals 5th grade with base ten blocks        

Decimal Grids Instructions 

Do you have a child that likes coloring? Then this method is for them.  

  • For this method, you must provide a 10 by 10 grid and have them color it in to represent the decimal.  
  • Let’s use this to compare 0.03 and 0.3. 
  • We begin by coloring in three out of the hundred squares – three hundredths.  
  • Next, we color in 3 tenths. That is three out of the ten columns.  
  • And when that is done it is obvious that 0.03 is less than 0.3.

comparing decimals 5th grade with grids  Download the following PDF for more practice.

Number Lines Instructions to Compare Decimals

Finally, we look at comparing using a number line. I love number lines because so much number sense is used. So let’s use it is compare 0.210 and 0.24 

  • First, we have to figure out what to start and end our number line with. Since we are comparing numbers that both have two-tenths, we can start with two-tenths and end with three-tenths.  
  • Now we want to make our increments go up by hundredths.  
  • And finally, we put the two numbers we are comparing on the number line. Once again it is easy to see that 0.210 is less than 0.24. 

comparing decimals 5th grade with number lineDownload the following PDF & practice more.


If your children need more help representing decimals with any of these methods, these task cards may help 

Cut and Paste Activity Instructions for Comparing Decimals

Once children have a good understanding of comparing decimals, it is time for this simple activity.  

  • All our big kiddos must do is solve each expression and then put it on the chart under the correct wording. 
  • So 0.03 < 0.3 would be placed in the less than column, while 5.2 > 5.02 would end up in the greater than column.  

Cut and Paste ActivityDownload the following PDF for more practice.  


Treasure Hunt Instructions 

  • Roll the dice first. 
  • If students land on a treasure box, the teacher will give them a decimal comparison problem. 
  • Then, the student will solve the problem. 
  • If the answer is correct, he or she will proceed to the game. Otherwise, he or she will be stuck on that stage. 
  • The game will be continued in this manner. 
  • The student who can finish the game first will win the game. 

Treasure Hunt gameDownload the following worksheet & try to practice more.    


Download Free Printable PDF 

Download the PDF attachment to engage in joyful play with your child.


Enjoy comparing decimals!!! The thing is so much fun when kids are creating, cutting, pasting painting, and exploring. Have fun learning with these interesting games by comparing decimals in 5th grade! In the comment box, feel free to ask any questions or offer any suggestions.  

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