For those of you teaching decimals, here is a sheet you might make use of to have your students represent the decimals in a variety of ways. The separate place value part at the bottom allows students to visually see the relative size of each of the place values in tenths, hundredths, and thousandths. In using it in a classroom here in my school district I was surprised how challenging it was for students to actually fill in — which of course means we are surfacing misunderstandings or lack of understanding in the students.

I would be interested to hear how your students do in the task of representing decimals.

Mathematically yours,

Carollee

Download the “Representing Decimals” sheet here.

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