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Represent decimal values to the thousandths by using base ten blocks

teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.A.3a http://corestandards.org/Math/Content/5/NBT/A/3/a
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP4
teaches Common Core State Standards CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7 http://corestandards.org/Math/Practice/MP7
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Big Ideas: Numbers can be represented in different ways. This lesson builds on students' understanding developed in fourth grade of reading, writing, and comparing decimals to hundredths, as well as reading and writing multi-digit whole numbers using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form. The task challenges students to discover the value of base ten blocks when a 3 dimensional cube equals the whole. The mathematical concept in this lesson builds towards future work in fifth grade when students will reason about differences in the values of like place value units and express those comparisons with symbols (>, <, and =). Vocabulary: decimal, decimal point, tenths, hundredths, thousandths, base ten blocks, cube Special Materials: base ten cube flat rods small cubes
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