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Multiplying Decimals – Word Problem Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 5 - 6

Solve a variety of word problems by multiplying decimals with this set of 24 task cards.

Multiplying Decimals Word Problems

Some students love a good word problem, while others find them to be a bit challenging. Why are word problems so important in math class?

Real-world relevance: Word problems help to connect math concepts to real-world situations, making them more meaningful and relevant to students.

Problem-solving skills: Word problems require students to read, understand, and analyze a problem before applying math concepts to solve it. This helps to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Communication skills: Word problems often require students to explain their thinking and solutions in writing or verbally. This helps develop communication skills, which are important. 

Look no further if you are looking for a set of word problems to use during your multiplying decimals unit! Teach Starter has created a set of 24 task cards that your students can use to practice this skill. Some of the problems require students to multiply a whole number by a decimal, whereas others challenge students to multiply 2 multi-digit decimals together.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this set of task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

For students who need additional support, provide them with a multiplication chart to help with basic facts. Additionally, invite students to reference anchor charts and posters to help students recall the steps of multiplying multi-digit numbers.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, have them write fractional equivalents to their answers and/or write them in order from least to greatest.

🛴 Scoot Activity 

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket 

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Check out some of our additional resources that cover multiplying decimals!

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Cassandra Friesen, a teacher in Colorado and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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