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 ST13 Joined: Mar 2012 Posts: 307 Full Member
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Teaching decimals
02-21-2016, 06:14 PM
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Does anyone have any ideas to teach decimals? I have never taught it before so I'm trying to find a way to make it seems as simple as possible..... Would introducing them with counting money be appropriate? I teach 4th grade high functioning

 eeza Joined: Sep 2008 Posts: 3,837 Senior Member
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decimals & money
02-21-2016, 07:36 PM
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I feel that teaching decimals using money is a good method. It makes sense to kids because they're familiar with money. Then you could branch it out.

Also, use a lot of manipulatives because that really seems to help kid. The manipulatives will also help students see the connection between decimals, fractions, and percentages.

 Spedhed Joined: Sep 2015 Posts: 149 Full Member
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02-24-2016, 03:13 AM
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What specifically? Reading them? Writing them? Comparing and ordering? Operations?

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02-26-2016, 06:19 PM
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A little bit of everything! This is a brand new concept to them. I used visuals and that seemed to help but I am not sure if they 100% get it

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03-01-2016, 03:20 AM
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Well, with reading them, I break it into three chunks. Say the first part, say and, then say the last part with the place value name. Sometimes I cover up and only show them the place I want them to say.

With writing them, I dictate it to them in chunks. And I give them a word bank so they feel confident spelling.

With comparing, I make them "stack it up", giving priority to the decimal. The decimal has to be in line first, they they can put in the rest of the numbers.

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