Before we left for wonderful winter break (and, oh, how wonderful it was), we spent a week focusing on percentages along with converting decimals, fractions, and percents. Percents seems to be one of those things that students have long heard of and had interest in, but never really been taught. They also seem to be one of those concepts that is incredibly intimidating to my students. I planned several activities around the skill, and my students did a great job with it. We have three days of school next week, so we are going to review and finish up then, but I thought I’d pop in to share some of the fun things we have already done! (Including a few activities you can do in your class and a freebie for you as well!)
We started by using this Converting Percents, Decimals, and Fractions Flippable from Jennifer Smith Jochen. She has a great blog post about the foldable HERE, and my students loved how sleek and clean it looked. I usually have my students do a lot of the writing, so this was a welcome change for them.
This was a GREAT teaching tool. I had all of the kids cut out their pieces (which are NOT in order on the sheet, which is so helpful for this activity) and mix them up. Then I had them take all of the example pieces and put them with the correct conversion type (so the one on the top left in the picture below was matched to percent to fraction, etc.) Then, they had to look at the example to find the appropriate steps and match them up. They did a great job with this and really took some ownership over figuring out which went with which.
|Converting Fractions, Decimals, and Percentage Anchor Chart|
The next day, I wanted them to show some “proof” of their thinking. I saw Teaching in Room 6’s blog had a great exercise for their math notebooks. If you haven’t already, you must check out her blog because it has a ton of great ideas for reinforcing this concept!
We folded our paper into thirds and glued the middle third down, then cut the remaining flaps into fifths. I let them choose which fractions they wanted to work with, then they put a fraction on the outside, equivalent fractions on the top flap (I made them determine whether or not they could get the fraction over 100) percentage and drawing in the middle and decimal form on the bottom. This was a fun way to review the concept the day after they had learned it!
They also did some relevance activities and task cards (of course).
First, they took their skittles to work on some converting using hundreds charts. They wrote their Skittles colors in fraction form, converted it to percents and decimals, and also represented it on a hundreds chart . The last step really helps students visualize that percentages are still only parts of a whole, which was a concept many of my students struggled with.
|This child’s handwriting is so meticulous. Love it!|
Then, MY favorite activity!
|Fractions and Decimals PinBoards|