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## Why do you decompose numbers?

We can use the idea of decomposing and composing numbers to help them build their number sense and their place value understanding. Some see 87 and they realize it’s really close to 100, and so, they might want to break apart the 38 to make it nicer.

## What are two ways to decompose a number?

When you are given a number with two digits, the number has a “ones” place piece and a “tens” place piece. To decompose this number, you will need to separate it into its separate pieces. Example: Decompose the number 82. The 8 is in the “tens” place, so this part of the number can be separated and written as 80.

## How do you teach decomposing numbers?

Teach them the language by modeling – show students how to decompose a number by modeling how to do it. Think aloud as you decompose a number. Invite students to share what they notice or what confuses them and use this time as an opportunity to clarify any misunderstandings.

## How do you decompose a math problem?

To decompose in basic operations, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication and division, means to take numbers apart in a problem to make it easier to understand and solve.

## What is decomposing strategy?

A decomposition strategy is a method for selecting subsets of attributes to be assigned to child subdesigns.