# Tenths to Thousandths Decimal Journey…

After our quick images, we moved into pre-shaded grids for students to look at equivalencies of decimals shaded on tenths and hundredths grids. We flew through until we hit the tenths grid with 5 1/2 tenths shaded and hundredths grid with 55 hundredths shaded. The students could see they were equivalent by the pictures, but many had a tough time explaining why. When someone did say “A half of a tenth is 5/100” another student said, “But I thought a half of a tenth was 1/20?” What a cool conversation! They left class yesterday with this question still lingering so I had them just jot what their group had talked about in relation to these pictures…

At this point students were starting to have trouble thinking about writing a decimal that was a half of the place value to the right, so they stayed in fractions where they comfortably can represent half a fractional piece.

To use the word differentiation here is an understatement. The range of thoughts in my classroom (and many many others) amaze me on a daily basis, in the most wonderful way!

And I especially love these last two because it gives me the feeling that I have created a safe place for my students to put confusion out there. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this ❤

~Kristin