Estimating Sums and Differences of Decimals

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Estimating Sums and Differences of Decimals

Students learn to estimate the sum or difference of two decimals by first rounding each decimal to the nearest whole number, then adding or subtracting. For example, to estimate the sum of 4.94 and 2.185, round 4.94 up to 5, and round 2.185 down to 2, to get 5 + 2, which equals 7.