Add and Subtract Decimals - 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.

Students will have a more 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 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 and easy to assign to a sub and contains engaging activities.  

Standard:  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

  • 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
  • 2 practice pages
  • A “Create Your Own” Page
  • 7 Exit Tickets (3 models, 2 standard algorithm, 2 word problems)


⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ The best way for students to learn decimals.  The adding and subtracting activities were great and they really helped students learn the concept.  - Rhonda C.

 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This was an amazing resource to use with my students with special needs that needed visuals. They really liked it as well! Thank you!  - Kelly P.

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