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Compare decimals to the thousandths by using benchmarks

teaches Common Core State Standards 6.2D
teaches Common Core State Standards 5.2B
teaches Common Core State Standards 5.NS.1
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3b
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP6
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7

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Big Ideas: Decimals can be compared using benchmarks to show their relationship. Grade level expectations require students to compare two decimals to the thousandths and use comparison symbols to show the comparison. In this task, students are playing a decimal place value game in which they are determining how to create a decimal number. Students will create these numbers and use mathematical vocabulary or symbols to determine how to describe the comparison of these decimal numbers. This ability to compare decimal numbers prepares them for computation with decimal numbers as well as real world situations like going to purchase items at the supermarket. Vocabulary: benchmark number, compare, decimal, decimal place value, expanded form, hundredths, midpoint, symbol, tenths, thousandths, word form, >, <, and = Special Materials: Supplementary Document Dice for each pair of students
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