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Dividing Decimals “Swingin’ Monkeys”

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Swinging Monkeys! Follow these steps and you will be great at dividing decimals! Remember: Whatever the OUTSIDE monkeys do – the INSIDE monkeys do also!

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Division Vocabulary “Inside” Dividend “Outside” Divisor “Roof” Quotient

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Division Vocabulary ÷ divided by.2

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Steps in Dividing Decimals 1.Make the divisor (outside number) a whole number by moving (swingin’) the decimal to the right as many places as it takes to make it a WHOLE NUMBER. 2.In MONKEY TERMS: Whatever the outside monkey does (how far it swings) the inside monkey does also. Then the monkey climbs up and sits on the roof!

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Swingin’ Monkeys Divisor Moved (swung) the decimal point 1 place to the right Swingin’ Monkey

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Steps in Dividing Decimals 2. Move (swing) the decimal point in the dividend the same number of places as the divisor. Dividend Moved (swung) the decimal point 1 place to the right

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Steps in Dividing Decimals – Swingin’ Monkeys

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3. Place (swing) the decimal point in the answer (quotient) lined up with the decimal point in the dividend (on the roof).

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Steps in Dividing Decimals 4. Now, divide as usual!

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Steps in Dividing Decimals 4. Divide the numbers. Make sure the decimal point stays lined up

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What is actually happening... When you move the decimal one place to the right to create a WHOLE number – you are actually multiplying it by 10! When you move the decimal two places to the right to create a WHOLE number – you are actually multiplying it by 100! Three?

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Remember: The more neatly you write and keep the numbers lined up, the BETTER! Let’s Practice

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Your Turn - Practice 1) 14.2 ÷ 0.2 = 2) 25.5 ÷ 1.5 =

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