I'm having trouble with Fractions & Decimals on a Number Line

So my daughter is working with Fractions & Decimals on a Number Line and I'm totally confused and need help in explaining it to her. I will list the following problems below. I would greatly appreciate the help.



Name the mixed number that is shown with a dot on the number line. Express your answer in simplest form.


strong>I----I----I----I----I----I----I----I----I----I----I---*I----I----I----I >

   0       +1       +2      +3     +4       +5      +6      +7


I'm using the star to represent the dot in the book.

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Comment by Dacia Myhre on May 29, 2012 at 4:38pm

Hi there,

Looking at your example, there are 10 small lines in between each number. Those lines each stand for 1/10 of a whole. There are 10 lines in between each number. Think about money...10 dimes make a dollar (or a whole). So looking at the number line think of the whole numbers as dollars and the little ones as dimes ( use real money with your child if you have to).  It looks like you dot would translate to $6.90 and that translates to 6 9/10 ( 9 dimes out of a dollar). Hope that helps!

Crazy Math Mom


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