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Decimal Subtraction

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Aligned To Common Core Standard:

Grade 5 Base Ten - 5.NBT.7

How to Properly Subtract Decimals - Have you not been a fan of decimals very much? Well, if not, then you will be now. Decimals can seem intimidating unless you try giving a chance to them. If you've had an experience of adding decimals before and found it pretty interesting, then you might as well find subtracting them interesting too. Subtracting decimals is similar to adding decimals. To know how this works, let’s take a look at the following steps to make subtraction easy for you: 1. Take the numbers and write them down one below the other in a way that the decimal points line up. 2. Add zeros to the number to make them equal to each other, if they are not. 3. Make sure to write the smaller decimal number under the larger one with the decimal in a column. 4. Now start with the subtraction process and subtract normally. 5. The last step is to place the decimal point down in the answer in the same place as the numbers above it. These lessons and worksheets help students learn to be able to find the differences between two decimal values.

Printable Worksheets And Lessons

Homework Sheets

The curriculum calls for only hundredths, but I like to go to the thousandths when practicing the skill.

  • Homework 1 - These start with the minimal need for carrying values down.
  • Homework 2 - The value stay under one hundred.
  • Homework 3 - Everything is step up vertically.

Practice Worksheets

I tried to use top heavy and bottom heavy numbers here.

  • Practice 1 - What does the zero in the tens place mean to you?
  • Practice 2 - These all go out to the thousandths place.
  • Practice 3 - Don't forget to cap off that last value.

Math Skill Quizzes

Get ready for a whole bunch of carrying the numbers.

  • Quiz 1 - Each problem will require you to do several carries.
  • Quiz 2 - Once again the wild odd zero makes an appearance.
  • Quiz 3 - Do this all the way as best you can.