Students had the chance to “cut the cheese in class” today.  We used a slice of cheese to model decimals.  First, we cut into strips of ten to model tenths.  Next, we took a tenth and divided it into ten parts to create hundredths.  It was a real challenge to take the tenth and cut it into 10 parts for thousandths.  We also used color sheets to shade in amounts to model specific decimals.  Some opted to eat the cheese at the end of the activity.  They seemed to enjoy it. This activity can also be done at home for extra credit.  Make sure students tell you how they would name each decimal and the value of the pieces.