The purpose of this lesson is for students to consider the concept of rounding through the context of weight. There are different reasons why it can be difficult to measure quantities accurately. The quantity can be so large, like the population of Los Angeles, that counting exactly is not realistic. Or the quantity can be a decimal, like the weight of a coin, and then the issue is that introducing new place values can alter the value of the decimal. In practice, the scale used to weigh the coin measures to a specific place value and that means that the actual weight is rounded to this place value. In future lessons, students will round decimal numbers to different place values and look in greater depth at what happens in situations where reported quantities are rounded.
Throughout this lesson, students attend to precision in measurement (MP6). In some cases, such as the scale, they are given how accurately the scale measures weight. In other cases, they are given quantities and determine whether or not they are exact or approximate.
Activity 1: Gold Doubloons
- Examine accuracy of quantities and relate to rounding.
- Let's explore rounding with decimals.
|Activity 1||20 min|
|Activity 2||15 min|
|Lesson Synthesis||10 min|
Teacher Reflection Questions
- Mystery Number (1–4), Stage 6: Decimals (Addressing)
- Get Your Numbers in Order (1–5), Stage 5: Decimals (Addressing)
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