Activity

Grade
5

What Comes Next? Growing & Shrinking

What do you notice? What do you wonder? What comes next?

Five 10 by 10 grids, each with blanks below to identify what decimal value it represents. The 1st grid has no shaded units. 2nd has 11 shaded units. 3rd has 8 shaded units. 4th has 19 shaded units. 5th has 16 shaded units.
Each 10 by 10 grid with all units shaded = 1.

Show or tell what the next few pictures look like. Describe how you know.

3 empty 10 by 10 grids

Challenge

What would the 10th grid look like? What decimal would it represent? What about the 15th, or 19th?

What number grid would be the first one to show 1 whole or more?

Follow-up

Create your own decimal pattern and share it with someone else. Ask them what comes next!