Introducing Decimals

When I taught Algebra I, the thing that confused my students the most were fractions and decimals. I knew that if they only had a better understanding of fractions and decimals, the algebra part would have been a lot easier.  I realized that not all teachers teach the meaning and the background of fractions and decimals. When I bumped down to teach sixth grade math, I was able to teach the mathematical understanding of these concepts and not just the “here’s what you do.”

I also find it most beneficial to allow students to discover the concepts and not just tell them. I give them the manipulatives, explain the manipulatives, and then have them discover the concept that I am proposing. Give students that little bit of time to think before you just jump in to “save them”.

The freebie I am attaching to this post is the first of a giant packet I am going to make that will include how I teach adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing fractions and decimals. It will include the relationship between fractions, decimals, and percents as well as how to convert between the three. I will also include games, activities, and worksheets for each concept. I hope you find at least this first part helpful. Thanks for your support!

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7 Responses to Introducing Decimals

  1. So so true, Andrea! Many students see a fraction or decimal and immediately go into panic mode due to prior experiences and not having that foundational understanding.

    Love the freebie!

    Making It As A Middle School Teacher

  2. I taught 5th grade for over 20 years, and I always introduced decimals with Base 10 blocks. Older kids need to understand what these numbers actually mean and making that connection to the physical models really helps to deepen their understanding of decimals.

  3. Jenny G. says:

    This is great! Thanks so much for sharing!!! :)

  4. T K M says:

    hi you mention you are preparing a giant packet on decimals.
    have you got around to doing that yet and how do I access it as I need to teach decimals to my daughter
    thank you

  5. Margaret D. says:

    This is great! Did you ever create that big packet? I visited your TPT store but didn’t see a large packet including everything. Looking forward to hearing from you as I am about to teach this very class in our homeschool co-op this year.

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