In this blog post I will share with you some ideas on how you can use money to introduce decimals. You will also find a free printable you can use during guided math groups to compare decimals.
Below are the standards that are covered in the following activities.
4.NF.7 – I can compare two decimals to the hundredths place by reasoning about their size. I can justify the comparisons by drawing a visual model.
5.NBT.3 – I can read, write, and compare decimals to thousandths.
Use Money to Introduce Decimals
The following bookmark can be used to review the place value system. Discuss the following:
- a digit in one place represents ten times what it represents in the place to its right. Example: the 4 in 34 has a value of 4, the 4 in 43 has a value of 40
- money & it’s value. one dollar = $1.00, one dime = $0.10, one penny = $0.01
- how many dimes/pennies are needed to make a dollar
- ways to model numbers (see picture below)
The following free math printable can be used to model different ways to represent a number.
The version below includes standard form, word form, fraction form, expanded form, and money. A blank version is included in the download.
Comparing Decimals FREE Activity
The following activity can be used during small groups to introduce comparing decimals.
Students roll a number, model the number using money, and compare the numbers. A blank version is also included in the free download.
Don’t forget to place the activity sheets inside sheet protectors!
Fifth grade students will enjoy the following cut and paste activity! The following math sorting activity can be found here (click to view).
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More Decimals Activities!
The following resources are interactive Google Slides. Don’t have Google Classroom? No problem! Each set also includes a PowerPoint version.