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Looking for some catchy songs or ideas to teach decimals
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I like to teach math using catchy songs or using acronyms or poems. Anyone have any ideas for teaching fifth grade math in this way?


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Old 08-28-2010, 07:24 AM
 
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I saw this one here on PT- and my 5th & 6th graders loved it. Bring me the oreos and tell him thanks! (billions, millions, thousands, ones, decimal point, tenths, hundredths, thousandths.

Also, my students play this game. I have 9-sided dice they use instead of cards. I made my own place value mats to go along with it- I put them in sleeves and the kids use dry erase markers.
http://www.educationworld.com/a_less...xcars006.shtml

I've never gotten through the first unit in math so quickly. These two activities helped so much.
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Thanks for your ideas. I'll try it.
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oreo reference
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I looked on PT for the oreo reference and couldn't find it. Can you explain it? I love the dice/card game! I'll use that Monday!
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place value song
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There is a song on itunes called Place Value Rap that goes into the thousandths place. I know a teacher who had the class each make a guitar out of tagboard, decorate and sing the rap for the parents.


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Song from Harcourt Math Jingles
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There's a song from our textbook called "What's Your Point Decimal Point?" that has a lot of great concepts about decimals. The kids love to sing along with it. I'm not sure how i'd get you the "song" but I can post the lyrics if you want.
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Old 08-29-2010, 03:25 AM
 
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Bring Me The Oreos and Tell Him Thanks is a mnemonic device-
B- for bring or billions
M- for me or millions
T- for the or thousands
O- for oreos or ones
A- for and or decimal point
T- for tell or tenths
H- for him or hundredths
T- for thanks or thousandths
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Old 08-29-2010, 09:51 AM
 
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I'm going to add Huge - hundreds and Tasty - for the tens

Bring Me The Huge Tasty Oreos and Tell Him/Her Thanks
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Actually, it might be better, albeit confusing at first, if you don't. There are ones-tens-hundreds in every place. So,
316= three hundred sixteen ones
where as 316,000= three hundred sixteen thousand
and 316,000,000= three hundred sixteen millions

It was a little confusing at first, but my 5th and 6th graders now understand why you can have a hundred millions and not a million hundreds. Make sense?
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place value mats
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Ever since I've taught this concept I have had great success with home-made place value mats. Each column has a banner color and I distribute an assortment of wooden craft sticks that match those colors. Using large foam dice, (in a small group, or individually)students trade ten yellows for one blue, ten blues for one green...and so on. We have a timed competition among groups as they try to be the first to get one red, ...or we freeze time and they have to tell me the number they have reached using the correct vocabulary. I also go around the room and randomly drop a black checker or paper decimal point somewhere and challenge them to read that new number. They love it, and it's very easy to make. They learn not only the "vocabulary" but what place value actually means. In older grades the children remember this game as they attempt to move the decimal point while learning scientific notation using exponents.


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Could you please post the lyrics to the decimal song. Thank you.
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