Round it Up or Down Ice Cream Activity

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How to teach Rounding

In this Round it Up or Down Ice Cream Activity, students use place value understanding to round whole numbers to the nearest 10 or 100.

Rounding is a difficult skill for our students to understand. They need a lot of practice to help them become accustomed to thinking about closer numbers. This activity will give your students a fun way to practice rounding to the nearest 10 and 100.

Students match the ice cream to the cone by rounding according to the

directions (to nearest 10 or 100). Then, continue practicing rounding with the provided worksheet individually or with a partner.

Other resources to use with this Round it Up or Down Ice Cream Activity

If you are using this activity, your students are probably learning about rounding.

Use this Rounding to Nearest Ten Worksheet as an additional resource for your students.

You may introduce this activity by asking questions like “Which ten is this number closer to?” about specific points on a displayed number line. Then, distribute ice cream and cone rounding cards for students to practice rounding. As students work, circulate around the classroom to listen to discussions students have about rounding. After the activity, share students discussions that you heard to promote rounding skills. Finally, students can continue their practice using the provided worksheets.

Be sure to check out more Rounding Worksheets.

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