Learning the concept of percentage can be confusing, especially to students who are challenged by the language in word problems. For example, if a student doesn’t understand the meaning of the word “ratio,” then he will likely be frustrated by the process it represents even though he has strong math skills.
Every effort should be made to “translate” words into numbers, and sentences into equations, so that students can match words with mathematical processes. Use the Teaching Tips and Follow-up Questions provided to present a multi-sensory lesson with alternate problem-solving strategies and approaches. Remember: Every child learns differently.
Hints and pre-thinking helps are provided for the student’s first few problems. The solution (with ALL the steps) follows each problem, as well as an explanation of each incorrect answer and why it is wrong.
As the student progresses through the problem set, there are fewer hints given. By the last problem, the student is working independently.