Decimal Multiplication

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Our Decimal Multiplication lesson plan teaches students how to multiply decimals using four steps. Students practice using these steps to solve practice problems in order to solidify their understanding of the lesson material.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have students use graph paper to practice multiplying decimals in order to make sure they’re keeping their decimals in the right place while they practice moving the decimals.

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What our Decimal Multiplication lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Decimal Multiplication teaches students how to multiply decimals. The lesson provides students with four steps to multiplying decimals. These steps are: ignore the decimal point(s), multiply the numbers, count all places to the right of the decimal point in both numbers, and count to the left the same number of places in the product to insert the decimal. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to multiply decimals through the thousandths. This lesson is for students in 4th grade, 5th grade, and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The only supplies you will need for this lesson are blank pieces of paper. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time, you can prepare problems for the activity, copy the handouts, and gather the supplies.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One of the optional additions to the lesson is to have students use graph paper to practice multiplying decimals in order to make sure they’re keeping their decimals in the right place while they practice moving the decimals. For the relay race, you can have each team complete problems on the board. Finally, you can create a connect four games using decimal multiplication cards.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.

DECIMAL MULTIPLICATION LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

Decimal Multiplication

The Decimal Multiplication lesson plan includes two pages of content. The lesson begins by listing the four steps for multiplying decimals. The first step is to ignore the decimal point. The second is to multiply the numbers. The third is to count all the places to the right of the decimal point in both numbers. The fourth is to count to the left the same number of places in the product to insert the decimal. The lesson then includes three example problems that illustrate these steps.

DECIMAL MULTIPLICATION LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Decimal Multiplication lesson plan includes four worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, a homework assignment, and a quiz. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.

TRASHKET BALL ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

Students will work on teams for the lesson activity. The worksheet lists the rules of the game. Students must stay in their seats at all times. They will have 60 seconds to the discuss their answer, and will then write one response to the problem on their slip of paper. All of the teams will hold up their answers at the same time. If a team has the correct answer, they will get the chance to shoot their paper into the trashcan from the 1, 2, or 3 point lines created by their teacher. The whole group must work together, and a different person must shoot each time.

The teacher will keep score and will deduct points as needed when students get out of their seats. Students can play either for a set amount of time or to a set number of points.

FIND THE PRODUCTS PRACTICE WORKSHEET

For the practice worksheet, students will find the product of nine practice problems.

DECIMAL MULTIPLICATION HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

The homework assignment asks students to first find the product of six practice problems, and then solve two word problems.

QUIZ

This lesson includes a quiz. Students will solve three problems and one word problem to test their understanding of the lesson material.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

grade-level

4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Math

State Educational Standards

CCSS.Math.Content.5.NBT.B.7

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.