Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Converting Decimals

Converting decimals can be tricky for students, but with some practice, manipulatives, and visual diagrams, students can internalize this concept.  

A student just asked me a few days ago, "How is 0.75 the same as three-fourths.  We drew diagrams to make the comparison obvious.  This is important because knowing how to convert fractions into decimals is just as important and understanding what this means.

Through the use of the diagrams, it is easier to visualize how 0.75 is the same as having 3 out of 4 sections.  The concept became even clear for the student.

Using the decimal chart and circling the groups makes the connection between decimals and fractions even clearer.


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