This is a fun way to introduce the concept of percent. It engages the students in an exciting hands-on activity that will help them understand and remember how percent is calculated in a real-life situation — a shooting gallery.
First, each student makes a rubber band ray gun. This involves following directions for gluing, cutting, folding, and taping. Page 3 has step-by-step instructions. Page 4 has the cut-out gun itself. (It is strongly suggested that the teacher make a gun before leading the class in this activity.)
Use #19 (3 1/2 in x 1/16 in) rubber bands.
Second, set up a shooting gallery where the targets are the monster cut-outs on pages 5 and 6. Students may color the monsters. The targets should be lined up across with at least an inch of space between so when one target falls over it doesn’t knock down another.
Scoring the activity: Each monster is worth ten points. Students see how many points they can earn in ten shots. To get ten points, the monster must be knocked over. If the student hits the monster, but doesn’t knock it over, she earns 5 points.
The total score is the percent.