# My Favorite Ways to Teach Multiplying Decimals

You ever start teaching multiplying decimals and then go…huh- how the hell do I teach this?

## Multiplying Decimals

There are a few ways to multiply decimals and don’t worry- I will walk you through some of my favorites.

### Straight up multiplication

Let’s start with just basic multiplication. If I were to multiply 3.5 times .27- I am able to multiply that using standard operations. I am going to just multiply using the standard method. Then once I am done with that, I will count how many digits are behind the decimals. (2) Next, from the right, I count 2 places. Those 2 places and place the decimal.

### Partial Products

I hate partial products. Most of my kids don’t use it because it’s slightly long. Here is how I teach it Break it up. (still using 3.5 x .27)

3 x .20= 0.60

.5 x .20 = .100

3 x .07 = .21

.5 x .07 = 0.035

### Area Model

My kiddos do tend to lean on this one as well. They love this one a lot! Okay so start with following the same way as lattice method above. Place the 35 (without the decimal) and then 27 on the right side. Make sure it is on the right side. Then multiply the counter parts like you just did in the partial products.

3 x .20= 0.60

.5 x .20 = .100

3 x .07 = .21

.5 x .07 = 0.035