Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Smallest to Largest - Ordering Decimals - Section 2: Concept Development

You can hear my thoughts about this lesson in my reflection video below.  One event that happened in this lesson as students were playing the game was that some students created their own extension to the game.  While I had asked students to play the game and arrange their board from smallest to largest in each row and column, some students also figured out that they could also play the game so that two diagonals would be ordered from smallest to largest.  This led to a great discussion with several students about whether or not this would always be true - if each row and column were ordered from smallest to largest would each diagonal always be ordered from smallest to largest.  Getting my students to think about patters and incorporate MP.6 and MP.7 in the game was not something I anticipated, but was pleasantly surprised when listening to students conversations.  I was re-reminded how important listening to students is in order to provide the best learning experiences to propel them forward on their learning path is.  When students sit in desks quietly working on worksheets day after day,  teachers have far less opportunities to truly listen to students thinking and help move them forward.

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Smallest to Largest - Ordering Decimals

Unit 11: Fractions and Decimals
Lesson 5 of 5

Big Idea: In this cooperative learning lesson, students play a math card game in order to compare and read decimals to the hundredths place.

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Math, Decimals, Number Sense and Operations, Comparing Numbers, Fractions, hundredths, tenths, cooperative learning, Partner Games
62 minutes

Melissa Romano

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