Decimals - Tenths, Hundredths, and Thousandths

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 One whole unit  
1 can be split into 10 equal parts 1 whole divivided into tenths  
Each part is one tenth of the whole 10 tenths Learn more about tenths
Each tenth can be split into ten equal parts block representing one tenth > blocks showing ten hundredths > place value blocks showing ten hundredths  
There are 100 parts in the whole so each part is called one hundredth place value block representing one hundredth x 100 = block showing 100 hundredths Learn more about hundredths
Each hundredth can be split into ten equal parts block showing 1 hundredth > 10 thousandths > 10 thousandths blocks  
There are 1000 parts in the whole so each part is called one thousandth block representing 1 thousandth x 1,000 = place value block showing 1000 thousandths 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.

 

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