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.