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Decimal Names Project

on September 21, 2013

Years ago, when I taught 6th grade math, I would do a decimal names project.  When introducing decimals, I would have the students make letters in 100 square grids(Decimal Name Grids), represent them as decimals, sometimes as percents, and find the total.  I got the idea from an enrichment worksheet from one our old textbooks.  I would show an overhead of the worksheet to give them ideas about what the letters could look like.

As the years went on, I found myself making many of the letters for some of the kids.  So I created a paper, that had all of the letters in the alphabet, in a block letter font, and made multiple copies to use as examples.  I had fun making it, so then I started making more, in other styles.  Some students borrow them, some make their own.  It is up to them.

Anyhow, I decided to pull it out of my file cabinet the first week of school to quickly review decimal operations, instead of my regular old worksheet.  I created a worksheet they had to fill out and glue to the back of their name.  It requires the amount for each letter, the total, largest letter minus the smallest, largest letter times the smallest, and largest letter divided by the smallest (decimal name back).

It worked really well.  I was able to see who needed some decimal help.  I returned the name to the student to make changes.  In fact, I do that for all of my projects.  I keep returning the project to the student, until it is perfect.



6 Responses to “Decimal Names Project”

  1. I loved the idea and the template. I will be using this with my 6th graders and the template will help me teach multiplying decimals to my 7th grade class as well. Thanks.

  2. Maggie says:

    I love this idea! I will expand this idea for my fifth graders to include a written response such as the table you included above for comparing the decimal sizes of the letters as well as performing operations with them!

  3. Anika says:

    I love this project. Thank you for providing a summative assessment that incorporates an assignment for my visual learners.

  4. Susan says:

    Great idea! My students are struggling conceptualizing decimals, so this will be a great activity… especially for my substitute this week! 🙂

  5. Tina says:

    I use this activity as well, but I use it for calculating the area of each letter. Thanks for this decimal idea.

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