Math – Decimals

Hello Everyone,

We are in full swing with our decimal outcomes:

N8: describing and representing decimals and
N10: Ordering and comparing decimals

Here is what our focus will be throughout this unit:

  • Represent decimals using numbers, pictures, or symbols (N8)
  • Represent equivalent decimals up to thousandth (N8)
  • Describe the value of each digit in a given decimal (N8)
  • Order decimals using place value (N10)
  • Compare decimals and equivalent decimals

The students will be completing a Math Journal tomorrow, focusing on some of the above outcomes.  There will also be homework for students who did not finish previous work from yesterday.

I hope the information below will be helpful for you if your child asks for help:

When using base ten blocks for teaching whole numbers, the unit is the smallest block or cube (1’s), and the largest is the Thousands cube (the 10 x 10 x 10 block). When teaching decimals, the 10 x 10 x 10 block is taken as the unit (1’s) and successively smaller blocks represent 0.1, 0.01, and 0.001.

Ones            Tenths              Hundredths       Thousandths


This model may initially cause confusion for some students when it is first used to model whole numbers and later used to model decimals. However, the students have been picking this concept up nicely.

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