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5th Grade Math – Decimal Place Value

Clip 17/29: Day 2: Decimal Lesson Part B


Erika Isomura’s 5th-grade students work in pairs to classify, sort, and glue down decimal representations in numerical order. She challenges her students to explain and defend their thinking.

Teacher Commentary

Almost all of the lessons that we do, like formal lessons, are embedded in a story. That means that because they [my students] get attached to the story there's a character, there's a situation. They remember stories. They don't remember, "Do you remember the day we talked about these numbers?” When their thinking is attached to a story we’ve thought about before, it makes a lot more sense to them because it's nothing new. It really isn't. It's the same thing with this little twist.