In this 50 page bundle, the students do a variety of engaging, challenging acitivites to help practice solving percentage problems. The activites range from DOK 1 practice (fraction art, battleship, M&M sort, and puzzles) to more real-life DOK 3 activites that are sure to help prepare your students for Common Core (Real World Percentages, Healthiest Snack, and M&M percentages). My students LOVE all of these activites and they really have proved to be sucessful with my 6th grade students. All pages are in PDF format. If you would like any lesson (other than puzzle) in an editable, Word format (in color too) please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org after purchasing.
Here is a description on all acitivites included:
Battleship Game- Connecting decimals, fractions, and percents
What a fun way to practice converting between decimals, fractions and percentages!! Students compete in a game of Battleship.
Students pair up (one getting board A, one getting board B)
The questions on Board A have answers on the bottom of board B (and vice-versa). Students take turns solving a problem and telling their partner an answer. If the answer is on the ship, it’s a hit! If the answer is around the ship (in the water), it’s a miss! The first person to sink their opponent’s ship is the winner.
Students use 6 different colors to create a pattern or picture. Then, figure out the fraction, decimal, and percentage of each color used.
M & M fractions, decimals, and percents
What a great way to make math fun!!! Each student gets a fun size bag of M&M candies. After sorting the candies by color, they figure out what fraction, decimal, and percent of each color they have.
Percentages Board Game
Students play against a partner to work their way to the finish line. But watch out- you might have to start over, lose a turn, or take an awesome shortcut! Answer key and worked out answer key included.
Example problems include:
6 is 10 % of what number
What percent of 50 is 9?
This is a fun challenge where the students cut out the squares, and then reassemble the squares so the questions line up with the answers. They are asked to show all their work on a separate piece of paper, and then glue the puzzle squares together on the back (that way they can turn it in for a grade). I usually have the students complete this with a partner, but can also be done individually. When the puzzle is assembled correctly, it spells out "We Love Math"
All questions are finding % of a number (what is 30% of 120?)
SpongeBob Jellyfishing for Percents
Played like battleship. This game is played in pairs (each person has their own, different gameboard). The students take turns solving a problem and then telling their partner the answer (the answers to one gameboard are on the bottom of the other person's gameboard). The answer is either on a jellyfish (which is a catch) or floating in the ocean (a miss). The first person to catch all their partner's jellyfish wins the game!
Variety of percentage questions included:
What percent of 40 is 15
36 is 40% of what number
What is 80% of 75
Percentages Scavenger Hunt
Kids love to get out of their seats and move around. This is a fun activity that allows them to do just that and still work on math.
How to play: Hang all the posters in random order around the room (sometimes I even try to hide the posters- under desks, hang from the ceiling, behind chairs- this is so much fun!). Students either work alone or with a partner and start with any poster. They solve the question on that poster and then look for the answer they found (which is on a different poster somewhere in the room). When they find the answer they were looking for, they then solve the question from that poster and so on and so forth. (The answers to each poster are not on the same poster- they have to go searching for the answer on the top of a different poster)
A worked out answer key is included. It is important the students check their answers (otherwise they might be hunting for the wrong number).
The questions are all percentage problems of varying difficulty (I like everyone to feel success). There are 20 posters, 11 of these are word problems
Real World Percentages
Students go through a scenario of working at Starbucks for $8.00 an hour, paying taxes, and then trying to buy a car and live off of the money that is left.
According to the American Heart Association, adolescents in middle school should be eating approximately 1,600 calories a day and only about 30% of these calories should be coming from fat. With this knowledge, the students examine 7 popular snacks to see how they fit with the AHA standards- what percentage of the calories comes from fat. This activity is shocking for the children! They discover that what they think is healthy, really isn't fitting the AHA standards.
This activity not only give the students a "real life" application of solving for percentages, but also ties in a health/science lesson.
M&M Proportions and Percentages
While doing a M&M lesson, my students realized that some colors were far more prominent in their fun- size bags. So, with some research, we found out what percentages of each color the M&M Company believes are in each bag….Then, we put this to a test!! Using proportions, they figured out how many of each color they expected to find after opening their bags. And determined how close their results were to the expected results. This activity was furthered with the kids getting the opportunity to create their own “perfect bag”. Not only was this activity relevant and interesting to the kids’ lives, but they thought on a higher level (DOK 2 & 3) and it made math fun!