Add and Subtract Decimals - Digital & Printable

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Use visual models along with the standard algorithm to quickly and effectively teach your students how to add and subtract decimals using this digital and printable resource pack 

Students will have a hands-on approach to “see” what it looks like to add and subtract decimals and connect this method to the standard algorithm.  It’s great for visual & kinesthetic learners as well as students that may struggle with memorizing algorithms.

This resource is complete, comprehensive, and easy to follow with a clear format.  It is low-prep, easy to assign to a sub, and contains engaging digital activities for use with Google Classroom.

Supports Common Core Standards (CCSS):  5.NBT.7

This resource is also part of my 5th Grade Math Year-Long Curriculum Bundle.

Download the preview file to see more details.

How Can You Use This?

Introduce each skill with the detailed set of notes and sample problem.  I suggest doing this in a whole group setting and pulling the PDF up on a Smartboard so students can annotate over the models.

Gradually release students to practice independently using the practice pages.  There are 2 provided as well as a “create your own” page.  This is great to provide to students who are fast finishers or understand the concept quickly.  They can create their own and switch their page with a friend and have them complete it.

Use the exit tickets to determine mastery and create small groups for differentiation.  When both skills have been taught, provide additional practice using the mixed practice activities.  Review both skills with the interactive Task Tents™ and assess mastery with the final quiz when you feel students are ready.

What You Get

What You’ll Get:  

  • 2 Complete Mini-Lessons:  Adding Decimals & Subtracting Decimals
  • 2 Mixed Practice Activities
  • Task Tents™ for Review
  • Quiz

What You’ll Get in EACH of the 2 mini-lessons:  

  • Detailed Notes
  • Sample Problem
  • Tutorial Video (digital version only)
  • 2 practice pages
  • A “Create Your Own” Page
  • 7 Exit Tickets (3 models, 2 standard algorithm, 2 word problems)

***All Digital activities are in Google Slides and Google Forms***


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ LOVE this resource!!! It is laid out very nicely and the process really helped my students. Worked perfect for in-person and distance learning during a quarantine.   - Jessica V.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This resource was extremely helpful for my remote students to have a hands-on activity to help conceptually understand adding and subtracting decimals. I also used the printable version for my in-person students and it was a game-changer for their understanding as well.   - Mrs. Hummels Hive

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I really liked that I could let some of my students work ahead to get things done, and I could see their work and thinking. This also helped my emerging learners to visually see what was going on with decimals.   - Annora Q.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ My students kept commenting, "This finally makes sense!" Thank you!   - Stock Photos for Teacher 

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I am a first-year teacher and I was really struggling with how to create a resource for myself that allowed me to teach addition and subtraction of decimals with modeling. This was absolutely what I needed for my lesson. My students loved it, and it was easy to prep.    - Shayrenees

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