Monday, September 12, 2011


In real life situations at school, we've discovered that decimals are used for money and for recording race times -we timed ourselves with stop watches and read our "decimal" race times!

Now can you help us please? In what real life situations have you used decimals? How else can we work with decimals at school?


  1. We used decimals at work when weighing patients.

    I also use decimals at work when I fill in my time sheet

  2. What do you think I am doing with the following ? I need decimals (or fractions) when doing this .

    Melted butter, to grease
    530g (2.5 cups) caster sugar
    250g dark chocolate, coarsely chopped
    250g unsalted butter, chopped
    185ml (0.75 cup) freshly brewed strong espresso coffee
    225g (1.5 cups) self-raising flour
    80g (0.75 cup) cocoa powder
    100g (1 cup) almond meal
    125g (0.5cup) sour cream
    4 eggs, lightly whisked
    2 tsp vanilla essence
    Cocoa powder, extra, to dust
    Whipped cream (optional), to serve

  3. We like your pictures! It makes the blog post more fun to read.

    Here are some ways we use decimals:
    Adding money
    Shopping for clothes
    Shopping for groceries
    Shoe sizes
    Length of yourself
    Width of yourself

    Thanks for the blog post. It got us thinking. Check us out at

    -Mr. Goerend's 5th period

  4. Hello Middles!

    I have been doing some sewing lately and I had to measure out lengths of material. I was measuring in metres but it wasn't always an even number of metres. Sometimes the material measured out in metres and centimetres,
    eg: 1m and 25cm so then I'd think, well that's the same as 1.25m.

    Hope you're all having fun...not long til the holidays! Yay!!

    Love from Margie (Joe's mum)

  5. Thanks for all the comments. Today we read them all and discussed "where the decimals were!" It really helped us!

    As a teacher, I gave myself some warm feedback! I used a lot more real-life situations to teach decimals this year and I think that worked! Middles- you are awesome students when it comes to Maths!

    Mrs Yore