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To help kids understand the difference between tenths and hundredths -- pick ten kids to take ten shots each with a Nerf ball and hoop.


  • Mathematics > General

Education Levels:

  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5


decimal fraction



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On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-06-08.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

This is a simple, yet good introductory activity to help students develop an understanding of the meaning of decimal fractions and common fractions. The hands-on aspects of this lesson will appeal to the active learner. The directions are easy to understand and can be adapted to different types of classrooms or students.
Lori H Park City
July 28, 2009

This is a great way to introduce decimals, changing fractions to decimals, and you could even extend it to changing decimals to percents. Thank you for offering such a great idea. Having students shoot baskets is such an engaging way to keep the students entertained and learning. Thank you for also offering the different ways to extend the lesson. Thank you for sharing!

Charlie Carpenter Mr. Carpenter, 4th grade teacher
April 14, 2008

I really like your activity! It seems to be a very good example and a way to integrate difficult math concepts into the real world for the students to understand. Not only does it seem very educational, but it has the fun factor that will reach many students who are sometimes difficult to reach with such difficult lessons. Great example, thanks for posting it!

Traci Caton
March 11, 2008

I love this approach! Putting the child in the role of the discoverer is key in gaining their interest and in securing that they will retain the concept. The real benefit here is that the children have a real-world example of why they woud need and want to know fractions and decimals. Answering the age-old question of 'why do I need to know this' in a fun and inspiring way makes the teacher the coolest ever too!

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