Coding Decimals on a Number Line

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Last week our #TechTakeout crew visited 4th grade at one of our elementary schools to work on math review. After meeting with the Math Title I teacher, it was evident that decimals were a weak skill for this grade level. Therefore my coworker, Jim Covais, and I teamed up to create a fun activity to work on identifying decimals on a number line.

Use Scratch to practice decimals on a number line

We decided to use Scratch to code a sprite (character) to move across a number line of decimals between 0 and 1. Students created their own background in which they had to generate their number line with the drawing tools and divide it into fractional parts.

We assigned each student a decimal number that they had to correctly identify on their number line by marking it with a hash mark. Students used the coding blocks to make their sprite move to different parts of the number line in which a recording of their voice saying the decimal's name was included. Furthermore, students got to practice typing the word form of their decimals into the speech bubble that they programmed to pop up.

Here is one example (click the green flag, click the right arrow and then click the up arrow):

If you are interested in carrying out this same lesson with your students, then click the image below to take you to step by step directions:

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