Rounding whole numbers and rounding decimals (if taught correctly using visuals and not tricks) is one of those skills that I love to teach. It is fairly easy for all of my students to master it and find success. So, I always enjoy using this skill to push and challenge their thinking further. This post will share two simple but higher-level rounding activities that will challenge your students and deepen their understanding of rounding numbers (whole number and decimal versions).
Rounding Activity #1
The first free rounding activity requires the student to work backwards. They select a number (whole number and decimal versions included in the free download near the end of the post) and then record a number that would round to the number on the card they selected. Then they have to prove that their answer is correct. Challenge your students even further by having them create more than one number that would round to the selected number.
Rounding Activity #2
The second rounding activity may require a bit of modeling upfront to make sure the students understand the process. For this activity, the students are given three numbers (whole number and decimal versions included). They must analyze the numbers and think about how they could be rounded. Then, they select one number that does not belong based on rounding rules. I have included a sample answer key for this one. Challenge students even further by having them create their own cards once they have completed all of the cards included in the free download.
Download the Free Rounding Activities Here
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