# Multiply Decimals Classroom Scavenger Hunt {FREE}

*Do your 5th or 6th grade students need to practice multiplying decimals? Get them up and moving with this simple Multiply Decimals Scavenger Hunt for your classroom!*

Once students are familiar and comfortable multiplying large whole numbers, it may seem like **multiplying decimals** will be a snap. After all, isn’t it basically the same thing, just with a decimal point? Although the standard algorithm is the same, there’s a lot more going on when dealing with decimal values and it’s important to **build a conceptual understanding first** rather than jumping into a procedure. This will help students avoid common mistakes and misconceptions when they begin using the standard algorithm (the “line it it and multiply” procedure).

Once students have a foundation and understand how decimal values relate to fractions or mixed numbers (including a “whole” and a “part”), they need lots of exposure and practice. And this **multiply decimals scavenger hunt** is perfect for giving them that extra practice!

## Multiply Decimals: What’s Included

This free download includes everything you need for the **whole class scavenger hunt**, as well as some **independent practice pages**.

The focus is on **multiplying whole numbers by tenths** and **multiplying tenths by tenths**.

**Here’s what’s included:**

- 10 Scavenger Hunt problems (half-sheets)
- Student recording page to show work
- Answer key for the scavenger hunt
- Multiply whole numbers by tenths worksheet
- Multiply tenths by tenths worksheet
- Answer keys for both independent worksheets

**Prep Needed for the Multiply Decimals Scavenger Hunt:**

This decimals activity does require a little prep, but if you print on card stock paper and laminate, you can reuse it again and again with no prep.

To begin, **print the “hunt” cards** and **cut them in half**. There are **10 problems included** on half-sheet pieces of paper.

**Hang the question cards** around your classroom in any order.

Then simply **print a recording sheet** for each student and you’re all set to begin.

**How the Scavenger Hunt Works:**

I like to **put students in pairs** so they can discuss and help each other as they make their way through the scavenger hunt, but that’s not necessary. They can also work independently if they prefer.

Either way, I **give students a clip board** so it’s easier to move about the room and show their thinking/solutions for each problem.

When they’re ready to start, they head to any problem they want and try to solve the decimal multiplication problem.

If you have a large class, **you may want to assign students/pairs a starting question** so they’re not all gathered around the same card at once.

Once students have a solution to the problem, they **look for that solution on another card** in the room.

When they find the solution, they then *solve the decimal problem on THAT card*, and search for the answer around the room.

They continue solving and hunting for the answer until they **end up back where they started**.

This will signal to them that they’ve **correctly solved all the problems** and are **finished with the scavenger hunt**!

If at anytime they **can’t find a solution**, or end up where they started **without answering all the questions**, they know they did something wrong and **need to check their work**.

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**Get Kids Up and Moving:**

I love using scavenger hunts on occasion because it is a **break from the normal routine**.

It gives kids a chance to **get up, stretch and move** about the room, talk math with their partner, and just *do something different*.

Plus, it is **self-checking**, allowing students to look for their own mistakes and make corrections, a valuable skill in math class.

And if your students are familiar with the basics of how these hunts work, you can do this every once in a while **without having to explain a new procedure**. You can even use these in your **sub plans**!

**Independent Practice or Assessment Included:**

Once students are finished with the hunt (or as a review before they begin), you may want to use the included worksheets as **independent practice or assessment**.

This scavenger hunt focuses on multiplying whole numbers by tenths and multiplying tenths by tenths.

As a quick review or assessment, **two worksheets are included** to cover these skills.

Use these as homework, graded classwork or extra review for kids who are still struggling with this skill.

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