Instead of lecturing my students on calculating a percent of increase or decrease (percentage increase/percentage decrease), as I used to do, I now start class with a mini-lesson (15-20 minutes in length) to go over just the main idea of what they will be learning about today. I include one or two example problems so they get the main idea, and then it's their turn.
As soon as the mini-lesson is over, I set them to task on this worksheet. I use this activity within cooperative groups, and I circulate to make sure they are getting the purpose of the questions.
The file includes spiral review problems.
This worksheet is intended to be written on directly.
Please download the pdf preview file first, so you can see exactly what's included; the product file is a word document, which you may personalize for your students.
Immediately before this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Solving Equations Using the Order of Operations Ladder with answer key' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Solving-Equations-Using-the-Order-of-Operations-Ladder-with-answer-key-546471
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the worksheet named 'Word Problems Involving Percentages Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Word-Problems-Involving-Percentages-Fall-2013-1125178