As a Resource Specialist with 25 years of experience, I have struggled teaching my students with learning disabilities how to break apart and solve multi-step word problems. So often students with learning disabilities struggle in integrating and applying skills to solve problems. They get bogged down in the many steps and longer computations of multi-step word problems. Consequently they are often robbed of the joy and success of engaging in mathematical reasoning. Learning how to calculate sales discounts is not only an essential 7th grade Common Core standard, but it is also a valuable life skill.
This simple, colorful template easily guides students through the steps necessary to solve word problems that requires them to calculate sales discounts. The three steps, Convert, Multiply and Subtract, are clearly sequenced with place holders for digits to help your students keep their numbers lined up to avoid computational errors. Red-arrow reminders point out important rules for decimal placement. There is even a table where students can list their multiples if they don't have their facts memorized.
Simply print the template and place in a plastic sleeve or laminate. Your students will be so excited to have this valuable tool that they can use over and over, using dry erase markers. Eventually your students will wean themselves off this tool as they internalize the number sense required for these types of problems.
This will save valuable instructional time as you won't have to reteach the steps over and over. With a quick glance you can see any errors and provide immediate feedback. Students can easily erase any errors to re-work the problem.
This tool helps students with learning disabilities develop the concrete understanding they will need to be exposed to the following 7th grade Common Core Standard:
7.RP.3. Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.