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Working with Standard Grids

Whole Number and Decimal Answers

The standard grid can be used to record whole number and decimal answers. After students write in their answer, be sure they remember to bubble in the digit or symbol in the column directly below the digit or symbol written in the top row. A decimal point (.) is provided on the standard grid.

The following are examples of grids using whole number and decimal answers.

2 8 9    
  [Slash] [Slash] [Slash]  
[Dot] [Dot] [Dot] [Dot] [Dot]
[1] [1] [1] [1] [1]
[2] [2] [2] [2] [2]
[3] [3] [3] [3] [3]
[4] [4] [4] [4] [4]
[5] [5] [5] [5] [5]
[6] [6] [6] [6] [6]
[7] [7] [7] [7] [7]
[8] [8] [8] [8] [8]
[9] [9] [9] [9] [9]
[0] [0] [0] [0] [0]
2 8 . 9  
  [Slash] [Slash] [Slash]  
[Dot] [Dot] [Dot] [Dot] [Dot]
[1] [1] [1] [1] [1]
[2] [2] [2] [2] [2]
[3] [3] [3] [3] [3]
[4] [4] [4] [4] [4]
[5] [5] [5] [5] [5]
[6] [6] [6] [6] [6]
[7] [7] [7] [7] [7]
[8] [8] [8] [8] [8]
[9] [9] [9] [9] [9]
[0] [0] [0] [0] [0]

When working with decimal answers, students must include the decimal point as a part of the answer. It is very important that students place the decimal point in the correct position.

Teaching Tip:
To help students gain confidence in using the standard grid, start by giving them a variety of numbers to grid. Check to see that students are aligning the bubbles with the numbers written in the top row of the grid. This will help students remember to not only bubble in the answer, but also to write it on the top row. After students have gained confidence in basic bubbling techniques, have them solve a variety of problems and grid their responses.