Education Technology

Patterns in Counting with Decimals

Updated on 03/15/2016

Activity Overview

Students use the calculator to represent decimals and to recognize patterns in the number symbols.


Students will explore the following concepts in this activity:

  • patterns
  • decimals
  • place value
  • addition
  • comparing decimals

About the Lesson

Distribute the student activity sheet to the class, which contains a 10 x 10 gird. Ask students:

If the entire grid is worth one dollar, how much is each square worth? Help students connect their understanding of one cent to a dollar.

Have students work in pairs. Have the first partner fill in the first blank after the single square with the fraction 1/100 th 
and the second blank with a decimal symbol (0.1) for one-hundredth. Finally, challenge the students to find as many patterns as they can in each of the labeled grids and record the patterns on their activity sheets.