Grade Seven: Percentages in Action
Percentages are used all the time. Our seventh graders know this. Students in both classes developed very long lists of where and how they have seen percentages used. However, how they are used and what they really mean is not always clear. The goal of our new unit is to build on what students already know about percentages so that they can make sense of, and apply, this important concept.
We are starting the unit by reviewing what percentages are and how to find their fraction and decimal equivalents. We will then move to consumer uses of percentages in interest rates and sales. After that, we will look at percentages of change, with a focus on gaining a better understanding of some of the challenges that our environment faces. Along with the math skills, this will hopefully influence attitudes and actions, now and in the future.
Parents, you can support your seventh grader's understanding by pointing out your uses of percentages as they occur.