Afterwards we moved onto percents. I asked students to brainstorm where they have seen percents. Students said a variety of places, like shopping, coupons etc. Then I asked more specifically about 50% and what 50% meant to them. To my surprise the students had wonderful real world situations to retell. One student said 50% meant halfway because when he looks at his battery life on his cell phone or laptop, and he knows that his battery is half full. Another student recalled downloading an update on his PS4. He knows that when the update says 50% that the download is halfway done. The common word "half" kept being said. So that allowed me to bridge right over to what fraction is a half? and then what decimal is a half? Students then discovered that 50% = 1/2 = 0.50. Using this discovery we talked about other fractions and decimals. Students quickly connected other percents to fractions and decimals. This was a great discovery approach that allowed students to construct their own meaning while I facilitated the process. We made generalizations together on how to convert between fractions, decimals and percents and recorded those in our journals.

The next day we moved onto a scavenger hunt that I made that allowed students to work in partners to convert between fractions, decimals and percents.

If you have never used a scavenger hunt, here is how it works. You post papers around the room, and the papers have problems on them. The student reads the problem, or scans the problem and solves it. Students then look around the room to find the answer. This offers immediate feedback, because if they are incorrect, then they will not be able to find their answer or next problem to solve. I usually do hunts in pairs but you could do it individually if needed. Here is my percent scavenger hunt.

One of my favorite things to do is give kids a hundreds grid and allow them to make an artistic picture and then label the picture with a fraction and decimal that represents each color used in the drawing. I have done this in 5th before so I thought, what if I turn that into a digital art project and incorporate percents too! So that is just what I did! I made a digital hundreds grid that allows students to use colors to create an artistic picture and then they figure out each color's percent, decimal and fraction. You should see some of the amazing pieces of art that my students created! They loved this activity! Here is the Art of the Percent!

The last thing that we did was PERCENT TO WIN IT! This activity is a play on Minute to Win It game show that has contestants doing challenges within a minute! Students completed a series of events and then calculated the percent, fraction and decimals of their outcome. They had an absolute blast completing these challenges!

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We also spent time on the percent proportion and finding unknown parts of the percent proportion. I outlined guided instruction using technology here in this product then reinforced it with another scavenger hunt found HERE. I also made an extra practice sheet that students used before a test. You can access it here for FREE!

Lastly we did a Google Project about Fractions, Percents and Decimals as well as a Google Project on the Percent Proportion. And to finish off our unit we completed PRESS START! a Digital Breakout! that focuses on percents, fractions and decimals.

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