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Converting Fractions to Decimals Song

Follow Davey around as he asks his best friend Steve how to convert a fraction to a decimal. The bell’s about to ring, and Steve gives him the perfect advice in the nick of time! Later on, Davey helps correct the misconceptions of his personified stuffed animal by showing him that fractions are division.

And finally, Davey texts his friend Alana before their school dance (where NUMBEROCK Live is performing) who helps him clear up one more question he has about the conversion process. In the end, Alana, Steve, and Davey all make it to the school dance where they rock out on stage to the performance they’ve all been waiting for!

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Fractions to Decimals Song Lyrics:

I asked my friend, “Which way is optimal
to convert a fraction to a decimal?
I gotta know now; I can’t wait ‘til later.”
She said “Divide the numerator by the denominator.”
So I asked, “Huh, well how can that be done?
As far as I know, two doesn’t go into one.”
She said, “Listen, here’s what you need to know:
just write a decimal point, followed by a zero.
And you know two goes into ten five times;
then the decimal point rises above the line!”

The numerator becomes the dividend.
Then write a decimal point and a zero in the tenths.
Divide and write the decimal point in the quotient.
So, one half and five tenths are equivalent.

Later on I was hanging with my stuffed animal,
showing him how to convert a fraction to a decimal.
I divided the numerator by the denominator
as he sat there real quiet like a spectator.
I bet he was thinking, “Five can’t go into two!?”
But luckily for him I knew just what to do.
I said, “Listen, here’s how it’s got to go:
just write a decimal point, followed by a zero.
Then five goes into twenty (four times),
and the decimal point jumps up on the line!”

The numerator becomes the dividend.
Then write a decimal point and a zero in the tenths.
Divide and write the decimal point in the quotient.
So, two fifths and four tenths are equivalent.

I had to get my homework done before the school dance.
I had to convert a fraction - couldn’t leave it to chance.
I divided the numerator by the denominator,
but to my surprise, there was a remainder.
I texted my friend, “I don’t want to be late.
Can you tell me how to divide one by eight?”
She said, “Write two more zeroes to the right of the dividend.
The value will be unchanged; it’s equivalent.”
I divided the two numbers and got point one two five.
We arrived just in time to see NUMBEROCK Live!

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from both 4th Grade and 5th Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper Fractions here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned telling time lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 4.NF.6, and 5.NF.3 . These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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