When I was a fifth grade math teacher, dividing decimals was a challenge for my students. I taught the lesson that went with our curriculum and they were lost. So, I made a PowerPoint to help them practice the two main strategies for dividing decimals.
Line up the Decimal
The first strategy for dividing decimals works when the decimal is in the dividend.
The Decimal Dance
The next strategy for dividing decimals is for when there is a decimal in the divisor.
When I introduce the decimal dance, I find two volunteers that I know love to put on a show. I have them stand side by side and do a simple dance where they step to the right at the same time. It makes me smile and it helps them to remember the strategy.
Now that I’m an intervention teacher, I don’t have a curriculum with problems or work sheets. So, I added a dozens of slides to the PowerPoint. Some of the slides are a contest to beat the computer. It was funny seeing how excited my 6th graders were to be able to divide decimals quickly when they came into intervention saying this skill was too hard.
If you already purchased my Divide Decimals PowerPoint, be sure to download the lastest update!
Free Dividing Decimal Worksheets
I created some worksheets to go with the PowerPoint that I am sharing with you for free in honor of our Fifth Grade Freebie Blog Hop.
The freebie contains one page of Line Up the Decimal practice, one page of Decimal Dance Practice, two mixed practice pages, and an assessment. Click here to download the FREEBIE.
If you are here because of the blog hop, let me take a moment to thank you for stopping by! I started the blog Fifth Grade Freebies because I love places that help make finding great freebies easy. I hope you are enjoying it as much as I am!
Next Stop on the Blog Hop is at First Grade a la Carte with Kathy. (It will be a 5th grade freebie. 🙂