I love those "cut n' paste" activities, but I wonder how much time is wasted by students who have to cut out all those little pieces along the lines and then maneuver them into place. What good are these activities if the students spend 20 minutes cutting and only 10 minutes "thinking" about math?
In my version of a "fractions to decimals" cut n' paste, I've designed the pieces to be cut out with a minimum of cutting, so that your students can focus on actually "doing the math." By placing the pieces on the two sides and lining them up in a grid, a student can cut out the different fractions using exactly 10 straight cuts. Compare to other activities where each tile has be cut out individually: 24 tiles x 4 sides = 96 cuts. This is over 90% reduction in time cutting! If it took your kids 10 minutes to do the cutting on previous activities, well, this should cut it down to about a minute, which means.... more time on task!
I've included detailed instructions on how to save time cutting, as well as an answer sheet!
Instructions; cut out the fractions and paste them next to their decimal equivalents. Some decimals have been written using an ellipse (....) to show non-terminating fractions (for example, .1.... means .1 repeat 1...) while others have been rounded off to the nearest thousandths (for example, 1/7 has been rounded off to .143, because 1/7 = .142857.....)
Students can use a calculator to figure out uncommon fraction to decimal equivalents.
Anyway, try this out and see how easy "cut n' paste" can really be....