Illustrative Mathematics Unit 6.5, Lesson 4: Using Diagrams to Represent Addition and Subtraction

Learning Targets:

  • I can solve problems that involve addition and subtraction of decimals.

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Lesson 4: Adding and Subtracting Decimals with Many Non-Zero Digits

Let’s practice adding and subtracting decimals.

Illustrative Math Unit 6.5, Lesson 4 (printable worksheets)

Lesson 4 Summary

The following diagram shows how to use diagrams to represent and reason about addition of decimals.
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Lesson 4.1 The Cost of a Photo Print

  1. Here are three ways to write a subtraction calculation. What do you notice? What do you wonder?
  2. Clare bought a photo for 17 cents and paid with a $5 bill. Look at the previous question. Which way of writing the numbers could Clare use to find the change she should receive? Be prepared to explain how you know.
  3. Find the amount of change that Clare should receive. Show your reasoning, and be prepared to explain how you calculate the difference of 0.17 and 5.

Scroll down the page for the solutions to the “Are you ready for more?” section.

Lesson 4.2 Decimals All Around

  1. Find the value of each expression. Show your reasoning.
    a. 11.3 - 9.5
    b. 318.8 - 94.63
    c. 0.02 - 0.0116
  2. Discuss with a partner:
  • Which method or methods did you use in the previous question? Why?
  • In what ways were your methods effective? Was there an expression for which your methods did not work as well as expected?
  1. Lin’s grandmother ordered needles that were 0.3125 inches long to administer her medication, but the pharmacist sent her needles that were 0.6875 inches long. How much longer were these needles than the ones she ordered? Show your reasoning.
  2. There is 0.162 liter of water in a 1-liter bottle. How much more water should be put in the bottle so it contains exactly 1 liter? Show your reasoning.
  3. One micrometer is 1 millionth of a meter. A red blood cell is about 7.5 micrometers in diameter. A coarse grain of sand is about 70 micrometers in diameter. Find the difference between the two diameters in meters. Show your reasoning.

Lesson 4.3 Missing Numbers

Write the missing digits in each calculation so that the value of each sum or difference is correct. Be prepared to explain your reasoning.

Are you ready for more?

In a cryptarithmetic puzzle, the digits 0-9 are represented using the first 10 letters of the alphabet. Use your understanding of decimal addition to determine which digits go with the letters A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H, I, and J. How many possibilities can you find?

Lesson 4 Practice Problems

  1. For each subtraction problem, circle the correct calculation.
    a. 7.2 - 3.67
    b. 16 - 1.4
  2. Explain how you could find the difference of 1 and 0.1978.
  3. A bag of chocolates is labeled to contain 0.384 pound of chocolates. The actual weight of the chocolates is 0.3798 pound.
    a. Are the chocolates heavier or lighter than the weight stated on the label? Explain how you know.
    b. How much heavier or lighter are the chocolates than stated on the label? Show your reasoning.
  4. Complete the calculations so that each shows the correct sum.
  5. A shipping company is loading cube-shaped crates into a larger cube-shaped container. The smaller cubes have side lengths of 2½ feet, and the larger shipping container has side lengths of 10 feet. How many crates will fit in the large shipping container? Explain your reasoning.
  6. For every 9 customers, the chef prepares 2 loaves of bread. Here is double number line showing varying numbers of customers and the loaves prepared.
    a. Complete the missing information.
    b. The same information is shown on a table. Complete the missing information.
    c. Use either representation to answer these questions.
  • How many loaves are needed for 63 customers?
  • How many customers are there if the chef prepares 20 loaves?
  • How much of a loaf is prepared for each customer?

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