Lesson Plan

Giving Gifts: All About Decimals

Teach your students about keeping on budget with this fun holiday-based lesson. Students will add decimals in a real-life application as they choose gifts for friends and family without breaking the bank.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to solve decimal addition problems in a real-world setting.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
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Introduction

(5 minutes)
Add Up Your Money!Happy Holiday Gift Giving
  • Explain to students that today for math they will be creating a holiday shopping list for their family and friends.
  • Before starting the activity, tell students that you would like to review the addition of decimals.
  • Display and hand out the Add Up Your Money! worksheet.

Beginning

  • Ask about students' background knowledge on holiday gift-giving by having students do a think-pair-share about their own cultures' customs of gift-giving.

Intermediate

  • Define any unknown words in students' home language (L1) and in English (L2), using student-friendly terms and images. Some words to include are "gift," "budget," "decimal," and "addition."