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Place Value Through the Thousandths Place: Expanded Form and Comparing Decimals

5th Grade • Half Day Lesson Plan
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Lesson Plan Description

This Fifth Grade, fully scripted half day of Math lesson plans is broken up into 3 separate segments (30-60 minutes each). These lessons address Numbers in Base-Ten: decimal place value through the thousandths place, expanded form, and comparing decimals (5.NBT.3). These lessons include: key place value vocabulary, helpful student notes for reference, guided and independent practice of concepts, and a game to reinforce the concept of comparing decimals through the thousandths place.

  • Segment 1: Students will read and write decimals to the thousandths place in word form and base-ten numerals. They will also practice writing decimals in expanded form through the thousandths place.
  • Segment 2: Students will continue to practice reading and writing decimals through the thousandths place correctly. They will use place value to explain the value of digits through the thousandths place. Then using this knowledge they will compare two decimals or fractions to the thousandths place.
  • Segment 3: Students will play a game where they will create six-digit numbers through the thousandths place. In this game they will need to use their knowledge of the value of a digit in various places to accurately determine which player’s number is greater. They won’t know if it is better to have a larger or smaller number until after they spin the wheel!

These lessons can be taught over the span of a half day or you can use the lessons independently, broken up over several days.