Reflection: Joy Finding Percents Fluency - It's a Chain Reaction! - Section 2: Explore


This activity will vary in time for different levels of students.  I required my advanced students to work individually, my on grade students to work in pairs, and my inclusion block worked as table groups.  This grouping permitted all students to finish the activity in the allotted time. 

I got great verbal feedback from kids regarding this activity - many in fact called it fun :)  I think they liked that they were making a piece of the chain.  I found this activity to work best of all with my lowest level students, in fact, my EC co-teacher noted that we had kids working very hard that often times we struggle to get a product out of. 

I found in talking to kids that spending this day to work on fluency helped.  I was able to adjust my wording so that more kids grasped the concept.  When working with students I talked about starting at 100% - that being full price, and 100% is the starting point for all problems.  From there, I asked students to read problems to determine if they were finding a mark up or a mark down (would the final price be higher or lower based on the given scenario).  Next, they added or subtracted from 100, moved the decimal point and mutliplied.

I was really pleased with the outcome of this lesson and apparent student understanding, and am looking forward to seeing how students perform on their upcoming test!


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Finding Percents Fluency - It's a Chain Reaction!

Unit 3: Percents
Lesson 7 of 21

Objective: Students will be able to solve markup and markdown percent problems.

Big Idea: Practice makes perfect! This lesson allows students to practice their skills on applying percents while doing a puzzle!

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