Exploring Decimals in November

November is passing fast!  My students have been super busy studying patterning and numeration.  We are now onto decimal activities.  Some of my students have a great grasp of this concept already, while others are finding it more challenging.
With the use of our class set of netbooks we have been reinforcing and solidifying our learning.

One of our most used resources is our Black Gold Engaging Students Grade 5 Number links:


Other Decimal Game sites we have discovered include:







Borrowed from Kingston Elementary site:

This poem helps students remember the steps for multiplying decimals.

Multiplying decimals is easy to do

Multiply first and when you’re through

Count the decimal places up on top

Match it in the answer, then you can stop.

This poem helps students remember the steps for dividing a decimal by a whole number.

No decimal in the divisor

What will you do?

Pop it in the quotient

Divide and you are through

This poem helps students remember the steps for dividing a decimal by a decimal.

Move the decimal to the end   (in the divisor)

Move the decimal _____ again (once, twice- in the dividend)

Pop the decimal up on top

Now divide, no need to stop

Classroom Magic

Borrowed from Mrs. Smith…this is a helpful poem to help students read decimals. If they follow the instructions in the poem they will learn to say it and write it correctly every time!

(oops she missed the “d” in thousandths-but you get the idea 🙂 )


About musingsofamathteacher

I am presently employed at New Sarepta Elementary School as a grade five teacher. During my career I have taught Grades 12 - 2. The past three years I was fortunate to work part-time as Math Lead for my school district, Black Gold Regional Schools, and have just recently accepted a part-time secondment with Edmonton Regional Learning Consortium. I have always had a passion for mathematics and am excited about implementing Alberta's "new" mathematics curriculum.
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