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Grades 5-6 Using the Decimal Wheel to Develop Decimal Number Sense

September 27, 2013

This is a very informal photo walk through of things to think about as the classroom teacher as well as activities and questions you can use with the decimal models. The writing on the white board in the photos are for you- not necessarily what I would post on the board. I would however phrase the ideas in student language and chart the discussions.

This idea sharing is the result of a teacher who approached me with concerns that she was not succeeding in teaching decimal concepts in Unit 1. We went back to the standards document and regrouped ourselves in exactly WHAT it was that we were to teach about decimals… The focus is not operations with decimals, although a part of it- the major work is to develop a sense for decimals by examining place value patterns. Instruction should not move into procedural or operational algorithms UNTIL and only when students have a firm grasp of the concepts of decimal values.

Here are some ideas for you to consider while teaching Unit 1…

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