Read and Write Decimals Using Base Ten Blocks

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Read and write decimals to the thousandths using base ten blocks in the first of five videos. Money serves as a visual for demonstrating the meaning of a decimal, and base ten blocks are cleverly positioned below a place value chart to help learners see the correlation between parts of a whole. Several examples are walked through where a portion of one or more hundreds blocks are shaded in and the instructor explains how to determine the decimal value.

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CCSS: Designed
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  • The lesson does a good job of pointing out that a whole is relative; a ten block could represent a whole, or a hundreds block could represent a whole

  • The first few examples of how to say the name of the decimal do not clearly put the numbers from the tens and the hundreds place together on the screen, so you may want to do this step with the class
Common Core