How to Read & Write Decimals to the Hundredths Place: Lesson for Kids

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Instructor: Lynn Knott

Lynn has taught 1st and 3rd grade and has a master's degree in Educational Leadership.

Decimal numbers can look funny and sometimes be confusing. In this lesson, you will learn how to read and write decimal numbers to the hundredths place.

What Is A Decimal Number?

You go to the grocery store with your mom to buy your favorite ice cream. The cashier says you have to pay $3.59 for your delicious treat. You wonder why the amount has a dot in the middle of it. This is a decimal number.

A decimal number is a number made up of a whole number and parts of a number. The whole number and parts of a number are separated by a symbol. This symbol is called a decimal point.

The decimal point may look like a simple dot, but it has an important job to do. It shows us which numbers are whole numbers and which are the parts. Your ice cream costs three whole dollars and fifty-nine parts of a dollar called cents.

Place value helps us understand better how decimals work. Place values on the left of the decimal point are named as values of ones, tens, and hundreds. These place values keep getting ten times bigger each time you move one place to the left. The numbers on the right of the decimal point are named tenths, hundredths, and thousandths. These numbers keep getting ten times smaller per place value. Place value determines how large or small a number may be.

Example of place values for the example number 8,264.597
decimal place value chart

Reading & Writing Hundredths Place

You might think reading a decimal number is difficult or confusing, but it is actually pretty easy. We will use the number 63.45 for our example.

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