Use the illustrations below to help explain how one whole unit is equal to 10 tenths, to 100 hundredths, and 1,000 thousandths. This understanding will really help when working with decimals and with place values to the right of the decimal point.
|Here is one (1) whole unit|
|1 can be split into 10 equal parts|
|Each part is one tenth of the whole||Learn more about tenths|
|Each tenth can be split into ten equal parts||> >|
|There are 100 parts in the whole so each part is called one hundredth||x 100 =||Learn more about hundredths|
|Each hundredth can be split into ten equal parts||> >|
|There are 1000 parts in the whole so each part is called one thousandth||x 1,000 =||Learn more about thousandths|
Be careful when discussing tenths, hundredths, and thousandths with your children. Pronounce these terms with special emphasis on the “-ths” to help avoid their confusion with tens, hundreds, and thousands.