MA.5.NSO.2.3

Add and subtract multi-digit numbers with decimals to the thousandths, including using a standard algorithm with procedural fluency.
General Information
Subject Area: Mathematics (B.E.S.T.)
Grade: 5
Strand: Number Sense and Operations
Date Adopted or Revised: 08/20
Status: State Board Approved

Benchmark Instructional Guide

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Purpose and Instructional Strategies

The purpose of this benchmark is for students to add and subtract multi-digit numbers with decimals to the thousandths with procedural fluency. In grade 4 (MA.4.NSO.2.7), students explored the addition and subtraction of multi-digit numbers with decimals to hundredths using money and manipulatives. In grade 6, students add and subtract positive fractions with procedural fluency. 
  • To demonstrate procedural fluency, students may choose a standard algorithm that works best for them and demonstrates their procedural fluency. A standard algorithm is a method that is efficient and accurate (MTR.3.1). 
  • When students use a standard algorithm, they should be able to justify why it works conceptually. Teachers can expect students to demonstrate how their algorithm works, for example, by comparing it to another method for addition and subtraction (MTR.6.1). 
  • Along with using a standard algorithm, students should estimate reasonable solutions before solving. Estimation helps students anticipate possible answers and evaluate whether their solutions make sense after solving.

 

Common Misconceptions or Errors

  • Students can make computational errors while using standard algorithms when they cannot reason why their algorithms work. In addition, they can struggle to determine where or why that computational mistake occurred because they did not estimate reasonable values for intermediate outcomes as well as for the final outcome. During instruction, teachers should expect students to justify their work while using their chosen algorithms and engage in error analysis activities to connect their understanding to the algorithm.

 

Strategies to Support Tiered Instruction

  • Instruction includes estimating reasonable values for sums and differences when adding and subtracting decimals to the hundredths. 
    • For example, students make reasonable estimates for the sum of 6.32 + 2.84. Instruction includes stating, “Before using an algorithm, we will estimate the sum to make sure that we are using the algorithm correctly and our answer is reasonable. I will use my understanding of rounding decimals to estimate my sum. The addend of 6.32 rounds to 6 when rounded to the nearest whole number and reasonable estimate for my sum would be 9 because 6 + 3 = 9.” 
    • For example, students make reasonable estimates for the difference of 7.9 − 4.25. Instruction includes stating, “Before using an algorithm, we will estimate the difference to make sure that we are using the algorithm correctly and our answer is reasonable. I will use my understanding of rounding decimals to estimate my difference. The minuend of 7.9 rounds to 8 when rounded to the nearest whole number and the subtrahend 4.25 rounds to 4 when rounded to the nearest whole number. A reasonable estimate for my difference would be 4 because 8 − 4 = 4.” the addend 2.84 rounds to 3 when rounded to the nearest whole number. 
  • Instruction includes explaining and justifying mathematical reasoning while using an algorithm to add and subtract decimals to the hundredths. Instruction also includes determining if an algorithm was used correctly by analyzing any errors made and reviewing the reasonableness of solutions.
  • For example, students use a standard algorithm to determine 6.32 + 2.84 and explain their thinking using a place value understanding. Instruction includes stating, “Begin by lining up the decimal points and place values for each addend. Next, add in hundredths place. 2 hundredths plus 4 hundredths are 6 hundredths. Because the total number of hundredths is less than 10 hundredths it is not necessary to regroup. Next, add in the tenths place. 3 tenths plus 8 tenths are 11 tenths. Because I have more than 10 tenths it is necessary to regroup the 10 tenths to make one whole. After composing a group of 10 tenths there is 1 tenth remaining. Finally, add 6 ones plus 2 ones and the 1 whole that was regrouped from the tenths place. The sum is 9.16. Our sum of 9.16 is close to our estimate of 9, this helps us determine that our answer is reasonable.”
standard algorithm
  • For example, students use a standard algorithm to determine 7.9 − 4.25 and explain their thinking using place value understanding. The teacher reminds students that 7.9 is equivalent to 7.90 and uses a decimal grid to show the equivalency of 0.9 and 0.90 if needed. Instruction includes stating, “Begin by lining up the decimal points and place values. Next, subtract 4.25 starting in the hundredths place. There are not enough hundredths to subtract 5 hundredths from 0 hundredths. It is necessary to decompose one tenth into 10 hundredths. Now there are 10 hundredths, and there is enough to subtract 5 hundredths. 10 hundredths − 5 hundredths = 5 hundredths. Then, subtract the tenths: 8 tenths − 2 tenths = 6 tenths. Finally, subtract the ones: 7 ones − 4 ones = 3 ones. The difference is 3.65. Our difference of 3.65 is close to our estimate of 4, this helps us determine that our answer is reasonable.” 
standard algorithm
  • For example, students use a standard algorithm to determine 1.9 + 2.3 and explain their thinking using a place value understanding. Instruction includes stating, “Begin by lining up the decimal points and place values for each addend. Next, add in tenths place. 9 tenths plus 3 tenths are 12 tenths. Because I have more than 10 tenths it is necessary to regroup the 10 tenths to make one whole. After composing a group of 10 tenths there are 2 tenths remaining. Finally, add 1 one plus 2 ones and the 1 whole that was regrouped from the tenths place. The sum is 4.2. Our sum of 4.2 is close to our estimate of 4, this helps us determine that our answer is reasonable.” 
standard algorithm
  • For example, students use a standard algorithm to determine 5.2 − 3.8 and explain their thinking using place value disks and their understanding of place value. Instruction includes stating, “Begin by lining up the decimal points and place values. Next, subtract 3.8 starting in the tenths place. There are not enough tenths to subtract 8 tenths from 2 tenths. It is necessary to decompose one whole into 10 tenths. Now there are a total of 12 tenths, and there are enough to subtract 8 tenths. 12 tenths – 8 tenths = 4 tenths. Finally, subtract the ones: 4 ones – 3 ones = 1 one. The difference is 1.4. Our difference of 1.4 is close to our estimate of 1, this helps us determine that our answer is reasonable.” 
standard algorithm
  • Instruction includes the use of place value columns to support place value understanding when using an algorithm to add and subtract decimals.

 

Instructional Tasks

Instructional Task 1 (MTR.3.1

Use a standard algorithm to find the difference of eight hundred two and forty - Six thousandths and three hundred and nine tenths. Explain how you use your algorithm to subtract.

 

Instructional Items

Instructional Item 1

Find the sum and difference of 8.72 and 3.032. 

 

*The strategies, tasks and items included in the B1G-M are examples and should not be considered comprehensive.

Related Courses

This benchmark is part of these courses.
5012070: Grade Five Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
7712060: Access Mathematics Grade 5 (Specifically in versions: 2014 - 2015, 2015 - 2018, 2018 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012065: Grade 4 Accelerated Mathematics (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))
5012015: Foundational Skills in Mathematics 3-5 (Specifically in versions: 2019 - 2022, 2022 and beyond (current))

Related Access Points

Alternate version of this benchmark for students with significant cognitive disabilities.
MA.5.NSO.2.AP.3: Apply a strategy to add and subtract multi-digit numbers with decimals to the tenths (e.g., 3.3 + 0.5) and hundredths (e.g., 1.25 − 0.12). Multi-digit numbers not to exceed 9.99.

Related Resources

Vetted resources educators can use to teach the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Educational Games

Ice Ice Maybe: An Operations Estimation Game:


This fun and interactive game helps practice estimation skills, using various operations of choice, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, using decimals, fractions, and percents.

Various levels of difficulty make this game appropriate for multiple age and ability levels.

Addition/Subtraction: The addition and subtraction of whole numbers, the addition and subtraction of decimals.

Multiplication/Division: The multiplication and addition of whole numbers.

Percentages: Identify the percentage of a whole number.

Fractions: Multiply and divide a whole number by a fraction, as well as apply properties of operations.

Type: Educational Game

Change Maker:

This interactive applet gives students practice in making change in U.S. dollars and in four other currencies. Students are presented with a purchase amount and the amount paid, and they must enter the quantity of each denomination that make up the correct change. Students are rewarded for correct answers and are shown the correct change if they err. There are four levels of difficulty, ranging from amounts less than a dollar to amounts over $100.

Type: Educational Game

Formative Assessments

Running A Race:

Students are asked to solve a word problem that involves adding two decimals by using a strategy based on place value.

Type: Formative Assessment

Tony’s Lunchbox:

Students are asked to solve a word problem that involves subtracting two decimals by using a strategy based on place value.

Type: Formative Assessment

Lesson Plans

Catch Me If You Can: Engineering Design Challenge:

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Weathering Weather:

This is a design challenge lesson allowing students to utilize their understanding of climate zones to design a tropical roof that would withstand the wind and water generated by a hurricane. This lesson also allows you to assess students understanding of operations with decimals to create their design under a given budget.

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Icky, Icky, No More Slicky:

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The Coasta with the Mosta:

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When the Wind Blows:

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Bottling Rockets:

In this lesson, students will explore the concepts of force and motion as they use the engineering design process to create and test rockets. Students will demonstrate their understanding of familiar forces by creating and presenting a poster. Take students up, up, and away with this engaging lesson!

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From Trash to Treasure - An Engineering Design Challenge:

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Bridge Over Troubled Waters:

In this engineering lesson, students will design and construct a bridge that will be free-standing and support a toy car.

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Medic Mass Landing: Engineering Design Challenge:

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Shopping for My Trip to the Beach:

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Out to Lunch: Decimal Operations with a Menu:

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A Tasty Treat:

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The Mystery of Decimals:

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“Dinner with Friends”:

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Race to Fill the Whole!:

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Original Student Tutorials

Sailing Through Subtracting Decimals:

Sail through subtracting decimals to the thousandths place using a standard algorithm in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Add Another Topping: Adding Decimals:

Learn to add decimals to the thousandths using a standard algorithm at the ice cream shop in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Perspectives Video: Experts

Fluency vs. Automaticity:

How are fluency and automaticity defined? Dr. Lawrence Gray explains fluency and automaticity in the B.E.S.T. mathematics benchmarks in this Expert Perspectives video.

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The Role of Procedures in Fluency:

What are the components to a good procedure? Dr. Lawrence Gray discusses the role of procedures in the path to fluency in this Expert Perspectives video.

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That's Not How I Learned it: Why today's math may look different:

Why do students need "a" good procedure for the arithmetic operations? Dr. Lawrence explains why math may look different than in the past in this Expert Perspectives video.

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B.E.S.T. Journey:

What roles do exploration, procedural reliability, automaticity, and procedural fluency play in a student's journey through the B.E.S.T. benchmarks? Dr. Lawrence Gray explains the path through the B.E.S.T. maththematics benchmarks in this Expert Perspectives video.

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What is Fluency?:

What is fluency? What are the ingredients required to become procedurally fluent in mathematics? Dr. Lawrence Gray explores what it means for students to be fluent in mathematics in this Expert Perspectives video.

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Why Isn't Getting the "Right" Answer Good Enough?:

Why is it important to look beyond whether a student gets the right answer? Dr. Lawrence Gray explores the importance of understanding why we perform certain steps or what those steps mean, and the impact this understanding can have on our ability to solve more complex problems and address them in the context of real life in this Expert Perspectives video.

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A Standard Algorithm:

Ever wonder why the benchmarks say, “a standard algorithm,” instead of, “the standard algorithm?" Dr. Lawrence Gray explores the role that standard algorithms can play in building and exhibiting procedural fluency through this Expert Perspectives video.

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Tutorial

Adding and Subtracting with Decimals:

This tutorial for student audiences will assist learners with a further understanding of the rules for adding and subtracting with decimals. Students will be able to navigate the teaching portion of the tutorial at their own pace and test their understanding after each step of the lesson with a "Try This" section. The "Try This" section will monitor students answers and self-check by a right answer turning orange and a wrong answer dissolving.

Type: Tutorial

STEM Lessons - Model Eliciting Activity

Keeping Your Cool With Your Lunch Bag:

On this MEA activity, students will create a procedure to rank five lunch bags as to which one is the best in keeping food and drinks at a safe temperature and appealing to the taste, while keeping design and price on target.

Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are open-ended, interdisciplinary problem-solving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.

To Oregon by Wagon:

Students work in teams to plan the contents of a covered wagon for a family relocating from Missouri to Oregon. Students must calculate the weight and cost of the wagon by adding, subtracting, and multiplying with decimals.

MFAS Formative Assessments

Running A Race:

Students are asked to solve a word problem that involves adding two decimals by using a strategy based on place value.

Tony’s Lunchbox:

Students are asked to solve a word problem that involves subtracting two decimals by using a strategy based on place value.

Original Student Tutorials Mathematics - Grades 6-8

Add Another Topping: Adding Decimals:

Learn to add decimals to the thousandths using a standard algorithm at the ice cream shop in this interactive tutorial. 

Sailing Through Subtracting Decimals:

Sail through subtracting decimals to the thousandths place using a standard algorithm in this interactive tutorial.

Student Resources

Vetted resources students can use to learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Original Student Tutorials

Sailing Through Subtracting Decimals:

Sail through subtracting decimals to the thousandths place using a standard algorithm in this interactive tutorial.

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Add Another Topping: Adding Decimals:

Learn to add decimals to the thousandths using a standard algorithm at the ice cream shop in this interactive tutorial. 

Type: Original Student Tutorial

Educational Games

Ice Ice Maybe: An Operations Estimation Game:


This fun and interactive game helps practice estimation skills, using various operations of choice, including addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, using decimals, fractions, and percents.

Various levels of difficulty make this game appropriate for multiple age and ability levels.

Addition/Subtraction: The addition and subtraction of whole numbers, the addition and subtraction of decimals.

Multiplication/Division: The multiplication and addition of whole numbers.

Percentages: Identify the percentage of a whole number.

Fractions: Multiply and divide a whole number by a fraction, as well as apply properties of operations.

Type: Educational Game

Change Maker:

This interactive applet gives students practice in making change in U.S. dollars and in four other currencies. Students are presented with a purchase amount and the amount paid, and they must enter the quantity of each denomination that make up the correct change. Students are rewarded for correct answers and are shown the correct change if they err. There are four levels of difficulty, ranging from amounts less than a dollar to amounts over $100.

Type: Educational Game

Tutorial

Adding and Subtracting with Decimals:

This tutorial for student audiences will assist learners with a further understanding of the rules for adding and subtracting with decimals. Students will be able to navigate the teaching portion of the tutorial at their own pace and test their understanding after each step of the lesson with a "Try This" section. The "Try This" section will monitor students answers and self-check by a right answer turning orange and a wrong answer dissolving.

Type: Tutorial

Parent Resources

Vetted resources caregivers can use to help students learn the concepts and skills in this benchmark.

Tutorial

Adding and Subtracting with Decimals:

This tutorial for student audiences will assist learners with a further understanding of the rules for adding and subtracting with decimals. Students will be able to navigate the teaching portion of the tutorial at their own pace and test their understanding after each step of the lesson with a "Try This" section. The "Try This" section will monitor students answers and self-check by a right answer turning orange and a wrong answer dissolving.

Type: Tutorial