Math Games for Kids Practicing Whole Numbers & Decimals

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Math games for kids practicing whole numbers and decimals will require tools like index cards given to each student. Find out about math games for kids practicing whole numbers and decimals with help from an experienced mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Marija, and today I'm gonna show you a math game for kids practicing whole numbers and decimals. In a whole class of about 20 to 30 students, what I would do is give each student a index card, and on the index card I would go ahead and write a number that is either a whole number or decimal, but I would also throw in some fractions, because if they've learned decimals, they've probably learned the fraction decimal conversion for at least the benchmark fractions. So let's say one student had five, another student had a five and one-fourth, another 5.2, another student had 5.02, and so on and so forth. The struggle for students sometimes is which is greater, the .02 or the .2, so once that's been taught, what this activity will do is help them, help you assess that by helping them order themselves. So once every student has a card, that has one of these numbers on it, I would keep it between five and seven, so that you have kids trying to organize themselves between five and six an then six and seven. I would have the kids line up around the room, so it would probably happen in an l-shape, where you ask the student with the lowest value card to stay here, and the student with the highest value card to stay here so that everyone in between has to order themselves. So, you should definitely have it done silently, and you should also instill a time limit, so probably about three minutes, and then do it a second time to see if they can do it quicker. So that's one activity that you could do to help students that are practicing whole numbers and decimals.


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