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 decimal place value 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.A: "Read and write decimals to thousandths using base-ten numerals, number names, and expanded form, e.g., 347.392 = 3 x 100 + 4 x 10 + 7 x 1 + 3 x (1/10) + 9 x (1/100) + 2 x (1/1000)." It is also aligned to TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (Texas educational standards for K-12)) standard 5.2(A): "Represent the value of the digit in decimals through the thousandths using expanded notation and numerals."
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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