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Young minds sometimes grapple when trying to figure out which digit needs to be rounded off in a rounding numbers exercise. Rounding is a necessary skill for estimating. When you ask a child to estimate something, you learn a great deal about the understanding or lack of it merely by asking. A child who makes an outlandish estimate really doesn't have a sense of understanding of the underlying concept. The child who makes a good estimate usually does. Here are a few things to help young learners out with the process of rounding numbers.

See also the Rounding Numbers Worksheets.


February 17, 2008 at 10:42 am
(1) James says:

I always found this easy to do. In my classes, the only rounding I’m required to do is rounding to the 2nd decimal place, its almost automatic now because I’m in high school math. I always just remember to look one number to the left of the number I’m rounding two. If it’s 5+ you round up, if its less than 5 you just get rid of the last number.

5.234 would become 5.23
5.236 would become 5.24

February 18, 2008 at 7:38 pm
(2) ALRH says:

I am finding success this year teaching/reviewing rounding with fifth graders. We estimate whenever we do any computation problem and it is becoming second nature to many of my students. I hope they can apply this skill in a variety of situations.

March 4, 2008 at 5:27 pm
(3) Paul says:

Rounding numbers and related interactive math modules and printable actvity sheets are available for free school or home use on the new website http://www.numeracyhelper.com

July 3, 2010 at 3:32 pm
(4) maryam montillano says:

am maryam muslim from philiphine am grade 3 but i live in jeddah in class am so lazy in math becese i dot know what to do in class so please heip me and please put a round off to the nearest thousand please i wish this messege will go to you all

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