This resource includes a double-sided worksheet and a cooperative learning activity to be used to deepen student understanding with terminating and repeating decimals. Students will discuss and reason whether or not fractions will result in a terminating or repeating decimal.
The worksheet asks students to define terminating and repeating decimals. There is a problem that asks students to change a repeating decimal to a fraction. The second portion asks students to find decimal equivalents and to classify each one as either a terminating or repeating decimal. Lastly, students will order five of the fractions used on the worksheet.
The collaborative assignment is a fifteen minute activity. Students circulate around the room and talk to nine different classmates. The engaging activity has students discussing the Number System. Students will find someone who can do or explain what’s asked for in the box (one person per box). The student will ask the person to initial one box and to describe the answer to the problem. The other student will summarize and write what was explained. This activity was a good review before our Number System quiz. Students were active and moving throughout the classroom in order to complete the assignment. I created this 3 x 3 activity based on an example from the book Total Participation Techniques by Pérsida Himmele and William Himmele.
Before we start the 3 x 3 discussion activity, I also talk to the students about positive interactions in the classroom. I emphasis looking at each other in the eye, listening to each other and being kind/respectful.
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