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Ever wondered how to teach decimal place value in an engaging way to your 5th and 6th grade students?

In this lesson plan, students will learn about the value of decimals and their real-life applications. Through artistic, interactive guided notes, check for understanding, a color by code activity, and a real-life application example, students will gain a comprehensive understanding of decimal place value.

The lesson culminates with an exploration of online shopping with video games, highlighting the importance of understanding decimal place value in real-world scenarios.

- Grades: 5th Grade, 6th Grade
- Type: Lesson Plans
- Topic: Decimals
- Standards: CCSS 5.NBT.A.1, CCSS 5.NBT.A.3, CCSS 5.NBT.A.3.a, CCSS 5.NBT.A.3.b, CCSS 5.NBT.A.4

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After this lesson, students will be able to:

Identify the place value of decimals up to thousandths

Convert between standard and expanded form of decimals

Round decimals to the nearest whole number, tenth, and hundredth

Order decimals from least to greatest and greatest to least

Compare decimals using the greater than, less than, and equal to symbols

Understand the real-life applications of decimal place value in online shopping with video games

Before this lesson, students should be familiar with:

Basic math operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division)

Basic understanding of fractions and decimals (optional, but helpful)

Understanding of place value in whole numbers (up to thousands)

Pencils

Colored pencils or markers

Decimal place value chart

Standard form

Expanded form

Rounding

Ordering

Comparing

Tenths

Hundredths

Thousandths

As a hook, ask students why understanding decimal place value is important in real-life scenarios. Throughout this lesson plan, students will learn about the value of decimals and their real-life applications. They will gain a comprehensive understanding of decimal place value through artistic, interactive guided notes, check for understanding, a color by code activity, and a real-life application example.

Use the guided notes to introduce the following topics:

Identifying place up to thousandths

Converting between standard and expanded form

Rounding decimals

Ordering decimals

Comparing decimals

Walk through the key points of each topic to teach. Refer to the FAQ below for a walk through on this, as well as ideas on how to respond to common student questions.

Along the way as checks for understanding, have students walk through the “You Try!” sections. Call on students to talk through their answers, potentially on the whiteboard or projector. Based on student responses, reteach concepts that students need extra help with.

Have students practice identifying and ordering decimals using the decimal place value color by code activity. This activity engages students with a fun and interactive way to practice the concepts learned in the guided notes.

Walk around to answer student questions and provide support as needed.

Bring the class back together, and introduce the concept of online shopping with video games. Discuss how video games often have in-game purchases and the importance of understanding decimal place value when making purchases. Ask students to brainstorm different scenarios in which understanding decimal place value is important when shopping online for video games.

Refer to the FAQ below for more ideas on how to teach the real-life application of decimal place value in online shopping with video games.

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Decimal place value refers to the value of a digit in a decimal number, based on its position relative to the decimal point.

To round a decimal, you must first identify the place value of the digit you want to round to. Then, look at the digit to the right of that place value. If it is 5 or greater, round up. If it is less than 5, round down.

Standard form refers to the typical way of writing a decimal number, with digits to the left and right of the decimal point. Expanded form breaks a decimal number down into the sum of its individual place values.

Understanding decimal place value is important in many real-life scenarios, such as shopping, cooking, and measuring. It allows you to accurately represent and manipulate quantities that are not whole numbers.

To compare decimals, start with the digit in the leftmost place value. If the digits are equal, move to the next place value to the right. If the digits are not equal, the decimal with the larger digit is greater. If one decimal has more digits than the other, but all of the digits up to the last one are equal, the decimal with more digits is greater.

Decimal place value is important in many real-life scenarios, such as:

**Shopping**: Understanding decimal place value allows you to accurately calculate the cost of items and make informed purchasing decisions.**Cooking**: Recipes often call for measurements that are not whole numbers, such as 0.5 cup or 0.25 teaspoon. Understanding decimal place value allows you to accurately measure ingredients and follow recipes.**Measuring**: Many measurements, such as weight and length, are not whole numbers. Understanding decimal place value allows you to accurately measure and compare quantities.

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