Find a Friend is a cooperative learning structure that gets students up and moving, as well as interacting with each other. Students will practice their comparing and ordering decimals skills to thousandths using this activity.
This version is Common Core aligned to the Number and Operations in Base Ten standard 5.NBT.A.3.B: "Compare two decimals to thousandths based on meanings of the digits in each place, using >, =, and < symbols to record the results of comparisons." It is also aligned to TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (Texas educational standards for K-12)) standard 5.2(B): "Compare and order two decimals to thousandths and represent comparisons using the symbols >, <, or =."
In my classroom, we use Find a Friend in many ways:
-As a fun alternative to independent practice
-As a review before quizzes
-For spiral review of previously learned concepts
-Prior to high-stakes testing
Depending on the concept, students may spend 15-30 minutes completing the activity.
An answer key and directions for this activity are included.
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