Understanding Fractions & Decimals




Work with your partner to write a word problem about temperature that can be represented by the following expression. You do not need to solve your word problem.

1.3 − (−2.7)

  • Share your problem with the class.


To write a word problem for the expression, think about the different ways of looking at subtraction.

  • You can think of subtraction as “taking away from” or decreasing a starting amount.
  • You can think of subtraction as finding the distance between two numbers.