I don’t know if this makes me crazy or not but I really love teaching decimals. Whole numbers in 5th grade are so large and that intimidates the students. Fractions are yucko for obvious reasons. And then there are decimals. They are fun to shade in and count the tenths and hundredths in models. They are easier to relate to because of money. Kids love money, so when you relate decimals to money, there is a total buy in and those light bulbs start turning on.
So now that you know that I love teaching decimals, I want to share some freebies and then a must have resource for teaching them.
Last year I started taking concepts like fractions and decimals and breaking the standards down into all the skills that have to be taught. After breaking the standards into skills, I created “I Can Checklists” for the students to glue into their notebooks and check off as they learn each new skill. You can grab the fraction by clicking here. The students really seem to enjoy keeping track of what they have learned in this manner during our fraction unit so I think this will be helpful for decimals as well. Here is the decimal checklist.
As you can see the standards have been broken down into manageable chunks (which include pre-requisite skills) and then rewritten in student friendly language. I use this checklist throughout my teaching unit to keep track of the skills and to help the students ownership. This is also how I typically sequence the skills so the checklist doubles as a pacing guide.
Once I had my checklist ready to go, I decided to make a pre-assessment for decimals to help guide my instruction. This assessment could also be used as a post assessment. However, I will mention that it is not super rigorous. It tests their basic knowledge of each skill and does not offer any higher level thinking challenges or tricky tasks. this is perfect for a quick snapshot of what they know about decimals, if anything.
You can download the checklist and pre-assessment for FREE by clicking the image below.
So, now that I have showed you my checklist and my pre-assessment, let’s talk about teaching resources. I have a lot of resources for decimals currently in my store. You can see them all by clicking here. However, if I had to pick just one favorite resource it would definitely be my Complete Guide to Decimals Unit. This resource is my favorite because it has a little bit of everything you need for centers, assessment, and teaching.
There are SEVEN task cards sets ( and two matching centers). These are perfect for math centers, math groups with the teacher, re-teaching, independent work, RTI, and early finishers. They are provided in both color and black and white to provide even more options.
In addition to the task cards, the resource also includes 10 different printables to cover the various decimal skills. The printables can be used as independent work, homework, quizzes, etc.
Finally, my favorite resources in this pack are the printable charts that help review and teach the skills. The charts are provided one to a page and four to a page. The four to a page ones are perfect for Interactive Notebook help posters.
Can you see now why this resource is my favorite go to resource for teaching decimals? It has almost everything you need to teach all the decimal skills. If you think this might be a helpful resources for your students, click on the link below to check it out in my TpT store or purchase it today.