. Grade 6, Illustrative icon
Task

Tenths of Tenths and Hundredths of Hundredths

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to relate what students know about multiplication, area, and fractions to multiplying decimals for powers of ten that are less than 1. The questions are carefully sequenced so that students are lead to construct an argument for why, from a geometric perspective, is 0.01 and is 0.0001. Eventually, students should generalize their understanding and know that the number of decimal places in a product is the same as the total number of decimal places in the factors. This task gives a geometric basis for understanding why that is true.

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