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Decimals to Fractions
Lesson Focus
This lesson is to help learners understand the relationship between decimals and
fractions and to be able to convert a decimal into a fraction.

Lesson Plan includes:
       Lesson instruction for trainers

Knowledge of the following numeracy skills:
       Ability to use a calculator for basic operations
       Ability to read decimals and understand the place value of the digits

How this calculating skill can be reinforced on the job:
An understanding of the basic number concepts of fractions and decimals is
beneficial across General Construction, Plumbing, Civil Construction and Furnishing,
such as when converting metric measurements, when reading plans, when
calculating and estimating quantities, when using formulae and when working with
customer invoices.

Lesson time:
       Approximately 30 minutes

Materials needed for this lesson:
       Worksheets 1 and 2 for each learner
       Calculator for each learner
       Whiteboard

Lesson breakdown:
Suggested delivery strategy:

Step                       Trainer / Learner Activity

1               Introduction or explanation of the term “decimal”

2               Changing one decimal place to a fraction

3               Changing a number with two decimal places to a fraction.

4               Changing a number with three decimal places to a fraction.

5               Learners complete worksheets 1 and 2 with trainer support

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1.          Introduction or explanation of the term “decimal”

Most learners will understand what a decimal is and how it is written, but as an
introduction to this lesson it would be beneficial to have a brief discussion of what
decimals are.

          Our number system is based on 10. So in any number the individual digits take
on different values depending on the location as shown below –

Hundreds         Tens      Units    .   Tenths       Hundredths   Thousandths

13.6
1 ten
means
1         3     .       6
3 units
and
6 tenths

8.24 means
8 units and
8     .       2               4
2 tenths
and 4
hundredths

947.065
means
9 hundreds
4 tens
7 units               9             4         7     .       0               6          5
and 6
hundredths
and 5
thousandths

          Point out to learners how the decimal point separates the whole numbers from
the parts of whole numbers.

          A copy of this reference page is attached at the end of the lesson plan if
trainers wish to distribute to learners.

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2.      Changing one decimal place to a fraction

       Discuss the following case on the whiteboard with the learners.

Case1 – one decimal place

       Explain that in a decimal number, the first decimal place represents tenths. So
if a decimal number has only one decimal place, it is written as a fraction with a
denominator of 10. Then you simplify the fraction if possible.

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Example 1                     0.3 is written as              This fraction cannot be simplified.
10

6
Example 2                     0.6 is written as              This can be simplified by dividing by 2.
10

6 3

10 5

3.      Changing a number with two decimal places to a fraction.

       Discuss the following with learners.

Case 2 – two decimal places

       Explain that the first decimal place represents tenths and the second decimal
place is for hundredths. So any decimal number with two decimal places is
written as a fraction with a denominator of 100. The fraction is then simplified if
possible.

73
Example 1                     0.73 is written as
100

       This fraction cannot be simplified as there is no number that divides into
73 and 100 evenly.

45
Example 2                     0.45 is written as
100

       This can be simplified by dividing top and bottom by 5.

45   9

100 20

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4.      Changing a number with three decimal places to a fraction.

       Discuss the following with learners

Case 3 – three decimal places

       Explain that the third decimal place is for thousandths. Any decimal number
with three decimal places can be written as a fraction with a denominator of
1000, and simplified if possible.

359
Example 1                     0.359 is written as                 This fraction cannot be simplified.
1000

462
Example 2                     0.462 is written as
1000

       This can be simplified by dividing top and bottom by 2.

462 231

1000 500

       Point out to learners that if a decimal number has more than 3 decimal places,
then the number of places determines the number of zeros in the denominator
of the fraction. For example, 5 decimal places would have a fraction with
denominator of 100000.

5.      Learners complete worksheets 1 and 2 with trainer support and

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Decimals to Fractions Worksheet 1
Express these decimals as fractions. Simplify where possible.

Fraction          Simplified

1.                       0.2

2.                       0.3

3.                       0.8

4.                      0.16

5.                      0.71

6.                      0.28

7.                      0.74

8.                     0.607

9.                     0.688

10.                    0.246

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Decimals to Fractions Worksheet 1
Express these decimals as fractions. Simplify where possible.

Fraction          Simplified

2                       1
1.                       0.2                            10                       5

3
2.                       0.3                            10                       -

8                       4
3.                       0.8                            10                       5

16                      4
4.                      0.16                            100                     25

71
5.                      0.71                            100                      -

28                     7
6.                      0.28                            100                     25

74                     37
7.                      0.74                            100                     50

607
8.                     0.607                           1000                      -

688                      86
9.                     0.688                           1000                     125

246                     123
10.                    0.246                           1000                     500

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Decimals to Fractions Worksheet 2
1. A job requires 0.32kg of sand. Express this amount as a simplified fraction

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2. Drill bits can come in imperial sizes, for example                   of an inch. Change the
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following sizes into fractions of an inch

(a)     0.25 of an inch =

inches

(b)     0.375 of an inch =

inches

(c)     0.875 of an inch =

inches

(d)     0.0625 of an inch =

inches

3. A section of road which is 0.48 km long needs repairing. What is this as a fraction
of a kilometre?

of a km

4. At a particular work site, there are three types of employees, 0.4 are permanent,
0.45 are casual and 0.15 are contractors.
Express these as fractions of the total workers

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Decimals to Fractions Worksheet 2 Answers

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Reference
Our number system is based on 10. So in any number the individual digits take
on different values depending on the location as shown below.

Hundreds          Tens      Units       Tenths      Hundredths   Thousandths

13.6    means                                         
1          3             6
1 ten
3 units
and
6 tenths

8.24 means                                            
8             2                4
8 units and
2 tenths
and 4
hundredths

947.065
means
9 hundreds
4 tens
7 units                 9             4          7            0                6        5
and 6
hundredths
and 5
thousandths

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