Finding the Whole, Part, and Percent

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The lesson begins by detailing how to change a percent to a fraction by placing the percent in the numerator and 100 in the denominator.  The lesson then describes how to tackle various word problems that use language where “is” represents a part, “of” represents the whole, and % represents the numerical value of the percent.  Several samples are listed for teachers to solve along with the students as they attempt these complicated math problems.

Finding the Whole, Part, and Percent Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Finding the Whole, Part, and Percent
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Finding the Whole, Part, and Percent
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson begins by detailing how to change a percent to a fraction by placing the percent in the numerator and 100 in the denominator.  The lesson then describes how to tackle various word problems that use language where “is” represents a part, “of” represents the whole, and % represents the numerical value of the percent.  Several samples are listed for teachers to solve along with the students as they attempt these complicated math problems.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. While reading the content pages, reinforce the way to set up problems and give students additional examples of problems in order to help them practice finding the whole, part, and percent.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  2. Introduce the notes on finding the whole, part, and percent. Have students practice problems where they find the missing pieces.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Have students practice problems.
  4. Follow Activity page with students. The cards can be printed, laminated, and cut out for students to use.  Have students work individually or in pairs to solve the problems and then check the answers on the back of the cards.
  5. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  6. Distribute the Homework page. Have students write and solve their own story problem like the ones modeled in class.
  7. In closing, ask students when they have had to solve a percent proportion problem in their own lives.
  8. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

None for Grade 5

CCSS.Math.Content.6.RP.A.3.C

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

Additional Resources:

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math