Student Awards Classroom Decorations Room Parties Teaching Tips Bulletin Boards | Monthly Ideas | Cut & Create | Decorating Ideas | Room Moms |
Creative Ideas for Teaching DecimalsDespite their simplicity, decimals can cause headaches for teachers and students alike. Students have difficulty understanding why they should learn decimals, and even more trouble with remembering their decimal points. Teachers grow frustrated trying to teach what should be a relatively easy concept, and that frustration increases in direct proportion to the difficulties their students are having. One easy way to avoid the frustration and headaches is to use creative methods for teaching decimals. First Things First: The Importance of DecimalsPointing this out may seem silly, but it is something that many teachers fail to do. Students need to understand how concepts like fractions and decimals serve any useful purpose in their world. Pointing out the use of decimals in monetary amounts is a great way to get their attention and emphasize the importance of the material. Decimals - Fractions - PercentagesStudents also need to know that decimals, fractions, and percentages are the same thing. Money helps with this, too, because you can point out that twenty-five cents is one quarter, or one-fourth, of one dollar and is also written as $0.25. Once students grasp that 1/4, 25% and 0.25 are all the same, it makes all three concepts easier. Rather than learning all about fractions and decimals and percentages, they are learning all about three ways of relating the same value. Decimal ComparisonWhen teaching students to compare decimals, make sure students know the names of the place values. Begin teaching comparison using decimals that all have the same name, which may require adding zeros to the end of some numbers. For example, 0.09 and 0.052 are read, “nine-hundredths” and “52 thousandths.” If you change 0.09 to 0.090, however, it becomes “ninety thousandths.” Comparisons are much easier this way. Creative Teaching IdeasOnce students understand that fractions, decimals and percentages are all the same thing, there are a great deal of creative ways to teach decimals. Below are a few ideas.
Every Day DecimalsPay attention to things you do each day, and you will probably find several activities that involve the use of decimals. Find ways to apply those activities in your classroom. This makes the lesson interesting, and it shows the student how this information applies in the world outside of the classroom. Do not be afraid to take baby steps with the students, and be creative in the methods that you use. Students will have an easier time learning, and you will have an easier time teaching. Article thanks to www.lesson-plan.org |
Student Awards | Classroom Decorations | Room Party Ideas | Teaching Tips | Bulletin Boards | Monthly Ideas | Cut & Create Activities | Classroom Decorating Ideas | Fundraising | Room Mom Tips |
CALL US for a FREE FUNDRAISING INFO GUIDE! |
www.FundraiserAlley.com ©2017 | all rights reserved |