Instead of lecturing my students on how to do word problems involving percentages, 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 to make sure they get the main idea.
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.
I have my students put their work on a separate sheet of graph paper.
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 'Percent of Increase Decrease Fall 2013' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Percent-of-Increase-Decrease-Fall-2013-1121980
), and immediately after this worksheet, I use the assessment named 'Algebra 1 Quiz Introductory Material Fall 2013 two versions; 1 page each' (http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Algebra-1-Quiz-Introductory-Material-Fall-2013-two-versions-1-page-each-1105916