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Understand the place value system (Standards 5.NBT.14). Perform operations with multidigit whole numbers and with decimals to hundredths (Standards 5.NBT.57).

Standard 5.NBT.2

Explain patterns in the number of zeros of the product when multiplying a number by powers of 10, and explain patterns in the placement of the decimal point when a decimal is multiplied or divided by a power of 10. Use whole-number exponents to denote powers of 10.

  • Base 60: Babylonian Decimals
    An Annenberg Learning Math video introduces students to the Babylonian number system in base 60. In the classroom activity they review base 10 and apply their understanding to write numbers in base 60. NOTE: You have to create a Free PBS Account to view this web page, but it is easy to do and worth the effort.
  • Grade 5 Math Module 1: Place Value and Decimal Fractions
    In Module 1, students understanding of the patterns in the base ten system are extended from Grade 4s work with place value of multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to hundredths to the thousandths place. In Grade 5, students deepen their knowledge through a more generalized understanding of the relationships between and among adjacent places on the place value chart, e.g., 1 tenth times any digit on the place value chart moves it one place value to the right. Toward the modules end students apply these new understandings as they reason about and perform decimal operations through the hundredths place.
  • Grade 5 Math Module 2: Multi-Digit Whole Number and Decimal Fraction Operations
    In Module 2 students apply patterns of the base ten system to mental strategies and a sequential study of multiplication via area diagrams and the distributive property leading to fluency with the standard algorithm. Students move from whole numbers to multiplication with decimals, again using place value as a guide to reason and make estimations about products. Multiplication is explored as a method for expressing equivalent measures in both whole number and decimal forms. A similar sequence for division begins concretely with number disks as an introduction to division with multi-digit divisors and leads student to divide multi-digit whole number and decimal dividends by two-digit divisors using a vertical written method. In addition, students evaluate and write expressions, recording their calculations using the associative property and parentheses. Students apply the work of the module to solve multi-step word problems using multi-digit multiplication and division with unknowns representing either the group size or number of groups. An emphasis on the reasonableness of both products and quotients, interpretation of remainders and reasoning about the placement of decimals draws on skills learned throughout the module, including refining knowledge of place value, rounding, and estimation.
  • Grade 5 Unit 1: Order of Operations & Whole Numbers (Georgia Standards)
    In this unit students will solve problems by representing mathematical relationships between quantities using mathematical expressions and equations. Use the four whole number operations efficiently, including the application of order of operations. Write, evaluate, and interpret mathematical expressions with and without using symbols. Apply strategies for multiplying a 2- or 3-digit number by a 2-digit number. Develop paper-and-pencil multiplication algorithms (the U.S. traditional algorithm is not an expectation) for 3- or 4-digit number multiplied by a 2- or 3-digit number.
  • Grade 5 Unit 3: Multiplying and Dividing with Decimals (Georgia Standards)
    General methods used for computing products of whole numbers extend to products of decimals. Because the expectations for decimals are limited to thousandths and expectations for factors are limited to hundredths at this grade level, students will multiply tenths with tenths and tenths with hundredths, but they need not multiply hundredths with hundredths.
  • Marta's Multiplication Error
    This task highlights a common misconception among students deriving the rules for multiplying a number by a power of 10. It could be used to ground a classroom discussion during the first day of multiplying decimals by powers of 10 or would also be appropriate for a formative assessment to check for student understanding of this pivotal transition from whole number reasoning to decimal reasoning.
  • Multiplying Decimals by 10
    The purpose of this task is to help students understand and explain why multiplying a decimal number by 10 shifts all the digits one place to the left.
  • Number and Operations in Base Ten (5.NBT) - Fifth Grade Core Guide
    The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and educators around the state of Utah developed these guides for Fifth Grade Mathematics - Number and Operations in Base Ten (5.NBT)

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