Decimal of the Day

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I enjoyed doing the fraction of the day so much, I decided that my next two post would be other calendar pieces you could use based on the needs of your students.

Going right along with fractions, I created a decimal of the day. Though decimals don’t throw students off quite as much as fractions, many still struggle with it.

This printable requires very little prep, but packs a powerful blow when it comes to review. All you need to get started are dry erase markers and sheet protectors.

Simply, choose a decimal of the day that is less than 4.

On the top left, decide what you want the second equation to have. This is similar to the Fraction of the Day. You could say the equation must have addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division, or you could require that it have a specific number.

In this example, the teacher decided that the equation had to have 1.1 in it. Though there would be other options for solving this, many of the students subtracted 2.01 and 1.1 and then were able to write the equation 1.1 + .91 = 2.01.

On the bottom right, create an expression for your students to solve. If you asking your students to add or multiply, I would make sure the decimal is less than 4 so that the students can model it on the grid.

Notice how this work sample shows an algorithm as well as a model.

The rest of the printable is ready to go.

The students will make two equivalent fractions for the decimal of the day. Not only are they seeing how fractions and decimals are equivalent over and over, but they also get to practice simplifying fractions. You could definitely mandate that the fraction must be simplified for the second equivalent fraction i

They also get the privilege of coloring in a 10 x 10 grid to represent the fraction.

Finally, they get to add their decimal to the number line. Notice that the instruction do not allow them to start with the decimal of the day. This just requires them to know what comes before and after the decimal. Writing the number on the number line will also help you see their understanding of decimals. If the decimal of the day is in the hundredths and they create a number line using tenths, you know that you will need to pull out the base ten blocks or grid paper and do some more work!!!

This was an easier one. The student was able to start with 2 and then move up the number line by hundredths.
This was an easier one. The student was able to start with 2 and then move up the number line by hundredths.

If you want more ideas on how to use this printable in your classroom, I would check out my Fraction of the Day post and/or calendar pieces. These post goes over the ways to set up a daily calendar time, and different ways to implement it in your class.

Want more ways to model decimals?? Check out this great post from The Math Maniac.

Get your free printable HERE !!!

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3 thoughts on “Decimal of the Day

  1. I’m loving this idea! At the beginning of the year I do number of the day, just to get students to be thinking about place value, but it’s something many of them master quickly and I let it drop. Fraction of the Day, and Decimal of the Day are a great way to get students putting number sense into practice, without spending a ton of instructional time doing it.


    1. Thank you!! I have loved doing this with my students. So many of them need that constant repetition with fraction and decimals that is hard to give with our fast paced curriculum.


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