# Decimals Lesson Plan: Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Decimals****,** and supports the standard of reading, writing, and comparing decimals. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Show students an image of a price tag or a receipt with a decimal like the following, or a real price tag on something you bring in or that’s in the classroom. Point to the decimal and ask them what it is.

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

- Read the description on the
**Decimals topic page**. - Play the
**Movie**, pausing to check for understanding. - Have students read one of the three
**Related Reading**articles. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS **

Students take the **Decimals Challenge** and **Quiz**, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

**Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND**

Students express what they learned about decimals while practicing **essential literacy skills** with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

**Make-a-Movie**: Create a newscast reporting on a race. Compare the runners’ scores to the nearest hundredth of a second, and answer this question:*Who came in first, second, third, and fourth places?***Make-a-Map**: Make a concept map identifying steps to comparing prices at the grocery store.**Creative Coding**: Code a word problem involving decimals, and challenge a classmate to solve it.**Primary Source Activity**: Analyze a baseball card, and use the information to answer accompanying questions.

**More to Explore**

**Monster School Bus:** Practice working with decimals by playing an interactive decimal combination game.

**Related BrainPOP Topics**: Deepen understanding of decimals with these related BrainPOP topics: **Converting Fractions to Decimals****, ****Multiplying Decimals****, **and **Dividing Decimals.**

**Teacher Support Resources:**

**Pause Point Overview****:**Video tutorial showing how Pause Points actively engage students to stop, think, and express ideas.**Learning Activities Modifications**: Strategies to meet ELL and other instructional and student needs.**Learning Activities Support**: Resources for best practices using BrainPOP.