Comparing Decimals

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Our Comparing Decimals Lesson Plan develops number awareness as students compare and order decimals through the thousandths place.  With fun game play and working in pairs, which leverages collaborative learning, students this lesson provides ample opportunity for practice to solidify understanding.

Comparing Decimals Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Comparing Decimals
  • Comparing Decimals Practice Worksheets
  • Comparing Decimals Word Problem worksheet
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 4-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels

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Description

Our Comparing Decimals Lesson Plan develops number awareness as students compare and order decimals through the thousandths place.  With fun game play and working in pairs, which leverages collaborative learning, students this lesson provides ample opportunity for practice to solidify understanding.

Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction Sample:

  1. Display random whole numbers and decimals up to the 1000ths place for students to review. Ask: What is the same and different about the numbers?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. The students may try to overthink the question, but the most important response is related to- some are smaller or larger than others and they can be placed in order. It doesn’t matter if there is a decimal place or not, all numbers can be compared and ordered.
  3. Review the place values for decimals. Ask student volunteers to name place values for digits in the displayed numbers.
  4. Distribute Comparing Decimals content pages. Read and review the information with the students. Save the final question for the lesson closing. Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  5. Distribute Activity pages to every student. Read and review the instructions. Pair students. Distribute scissors. The students will play either when the teacher calls time, or if one student wins all of the cards. Allow sufficient time to play the game.

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Common Core State Standards: CCSS.Math.Content.4.NF.C.7, CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3.B, No standard for Grade 6

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1-2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math