Let’s go over how to write and read decimals.

**Decimals** are used to write fractional amounts. A decimal number contains a decimal point which allows you to write large and small numbers. Numbers to the** left** of the point get ten times larger and numbers to the **right** of the point get ten times smaller.

Numbers to the **left** of the decimal start at **ones** and increase by ten times.

Numbers to the **right** of the decimal point start at** tenths** and get ten times smaller.

**Let’s review a couple of items that will help when reading and writing a decimal.**

**1.**Decimals are to the right of the decimal point.

**2.**Instead of increasing by ten times the number like numbers to the left of the decimal point, numbers to the **right** of the decimal point are ten times **smaller.**

**3.**There is no one’s place with decimals.

**4.**A decimal number has three parts, a whole number, a decimal number, and a fractional part.

**5.**A decimal is read from left to right.

Let’s go over the steps for reading a decimal.

**1.**Read the number before the decimal point.

**2.**At the decimal point say “and”

**3.**Read the number after the decimal point,

**4.**In order to finish, say the name of the place of the final digit and add “ths”.

Let’s read this decimal number 2.54

Start from the left, two and 54 hundredths.

Remember the **” ths”** at the end.

**0.5 ** Is read zero and 5 tenths

**0.0363** is read zero and three hundred and sixty-three ten thousandths

**72.4** is read seventy-two and 4 tenths