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Percentages

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Percentages. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Percentages Starters:

Estimating Percentages: Estimate what percentages of full circles the red sectors represent.

High Interest: Finding a good personal loan requires an ability to calculate percentage and this page provides some practice.

In Your Head 1: Here are the simple percentage calculations everyone should be able to do in their heads.

In Your Head 2: Here are the simple percentage calculations everyone should be able to do in their heads.

Mortgage Loan: Work out the answers to the given percentage calculations in your head or on paper.

Odd Percent Out: A number of simple percentage calculations are given. The answers are in pairs. Which is the odd one out?

PercenTable: Complete the table by calculating common percentages without using a calculator.

Percentages Grid: Calculate the percentages without using a calculator.

Quick Percentages: You have 10 seconds to answer each of the percentage questions.

Scaramouche: Can you work out from the five clues given what the mystery number is?

Sid's Schemes: Work out which is the best scheme for Sid to choose for his summer bonus. One scheme involves a common misconception about percentages.

Structured Settlement: Without a calculator match a a pie slice to a calculation to an answer.

 

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Comment recorded on the 26 March 'Starter of the Day' page by Julie Reakes, The English College, Dubai:

"It's great to have a starter that's timed and focuses the attention of everyone fully. I told them in advance I would do 10 then record their percentages."

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Notes:

Percentages provide a useful and common way to express a part of a quantity. The word is derived from the Latin per centum meaning “by the hundred”. Although percentages are usually used to express numbers between zero and one, any ratio can be expressed as a percentage.

Pupils begin working with common percentages such as 50%, 25% and 10% and practise estimating percentages to get a better understanding of the concept. They then learn how to convert percentages to decimals and vulgar fractions and vice versa.

More advanced problem solving may include percentage change and how it is applied in real life to discounts and interest. A study of the use of percentages in the media can provide many discussion points and can provide a stimulus for classroom display work.

Percentages Teacher Resources:

Percentages: Practise calculating simple percentages in your head with this animated visual aid.

Percentages Activities:

Estimating Percentages: Estimate the percentages represented by the diagrams.

Fraction Percentage: Match the fraction with the equivalent percentage. A drag and drop self marking exercise.

Percentage Change: Test your understanding of using percentages with this self marking quiz about percentage change.

Percentages: A multi-level quiz involving percentages. The lower levels deal with simple percentages while the higher levels provide practice in calculating more difficult percentages.

Pie Charts: Estimate what the pie chart sectors represent.

Finally there's Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Percentages Videos:

Percentages: A short silly animated music video.

Percentages External Links:

Links to other websites containing resources for Percentages are provided for teachers logged into 'Class Admin'. Subscribing to this service also opens up the opportunity for you to add your own links to this panel.

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