5th Grade Decimals Decorating the Tree Freebie

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Have your students practice adding, subtracting, and multiplying decimals with this printable and digital real-world Christmas math activity.  Students calculate the cost of a family's Christmas tree and decorations. 

Using decimal multiplication, students will first find the cost of all the decorations for the tree using a product page containing pictures and prices. They will also calculate discounts after being given a list of coupons. Finally, they’ll finish the activity by finding the total cost of the decorations, after the discounts, with sales tax.

The digital versions of all activities are in Google Forms for use with Google Classroom.

This is a perfect way to review decimals before Winter Break!

Standards:  5.NBT.7, 6.NS.3

How Can You Use This?

Use this activity during the last 1-2 weeks of school before winter break.  It can be assigned as a culminating project for Numbers in Base Ten or just as a fun activity to informally assess student mastery of decimal operations.  This is perfect to print or schedule in Google Classroom to leave for a sub if you need a day off.

Differentiate: Assign some or all of the pages to your students, depending on how much of a challenge they need.

What You Get

1 page of Christmas Items
3 pages of activities
  • Calculating Costs (adding and multiplying decimals)
  • Dazzling Discounts (multiplying and subtracting decimals)
  • Totals and Taxes (adding and multiplying decimals)
Answer Key


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great resource!  It was just before our Christmas Break when my principal walked in for an unannounced observation.  This was what my class was working on and she was impressed.  She loved how it pulled so many of our lessons together and got the kids working.  Being able to use our math skills in real-world applications is fantastic and truly helps our students understand!  Thank you!  - Kimberly P

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely loved this! I teach fifth grade and just finished teaching decimal multiplication right before break. My kids got so excited when they saw this activity. They were so engaged, and loved the challenge of calculating discounts and tax. It's as if they finally made that connection about why it's important to know how to multiply decimals and have an awareness of it in real life!  - Flying Into Fifth Grade

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Very engaging yet, keeping students learning during the holiday season. Highly recommend.   - Janine G.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was a great activity that I did with my 5th graders. It was fun, challenging and connected to the real world. Great activity for the holidays.   - Dominique D.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Can't believe this is free.  Great activity for real world application.  Students loved it.  - DiggityDoggity

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