1DP

POM 24.73

GOSH 665.90

SNOD 9.40

NIGGLE 9.67

BODGIT 27.35

LIP 3565

SOOP 0.265

FLIRT 4.811

DIDUMS 0.0048

DILLY-DALLY 674.960

Round each of the numbers on the signs to one decimal place then add all of your answers together.

# Rounding to 1 Decimal Place

## A Mathematics Lesson Starter Of The Day

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• Mr. MacLeod's Grade 7 Class, St. Stephens Catholic School- Valleyview Alberta
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• My Grade 7 class would like to be able to use a calculator to save time on this question, but they did enjoy it.
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• Even the most confident pupils might hesitate when you ask them to round -37.25 to one decimal place. Do you know the answer? Are you sure? Have a look at the extension activity below then let us know what you think.

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 Pom 24.7 Gosh 665.9 Snod 9.4 Niggle 9.7 Bodgit 27.4 Lip 3565.0 Soop 0.3 Flirt 4.8 Didums 0.0 Dilly-Dally 675.0

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## Extension

Do you know how to round negative numbers? If values exactly half way between get rounded up should -37.25 be rounded to -37.2 or -37.3? Does ‘rounded up’ mean rounded to the larger value or the value furthest away from zero?

A system of rounding commonly used in bookkeeping and some computing procedures is called ‘round half to even’. In this system half way values are rounded either up or down in order to make the last digit an even number.

So, for example, 37.25 becomes 37.2, 37.15 also becomes 37.2 and −37.25 becomes −37.2 without any doubt.

This method of rounding is also useful when rounding values in large data sets as it evens out the rounding ups and rounding downs for the half way values.

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