Secondary Maths Collection 4 - “Fractions, Decimals and Percentages”
Collection Author: Craig Barton - TES maths adviser, maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
Fractions, Decimals and Percentages can often be a painful topic to teach. There are so many rules, techniques and concepts for the students to grasp that it can be hard to keep them engaged and enjoying the lessons. After all, there’s only so much enthusiasm one can muster for reducing 16/24 to its lowest terms or finding the decimal equivalent of 34%. Moreover, percentages in particular must be one of the least understood topics by the general public as a whole. Hopefully this bundle of resources will go some way towards helping to shed a bit of light on what can be a particularly dull topic.
Top 10 Resources:
- A fantastic look at the use of number operations and percentages to work out how much income Heather from EastEnders has in her pocket at the end of the year.
- A Collective Memory activity to introduce or revise equivalent fractions and simplifying. There are gaps for the students to fill in and even a deliberate mistake!
- A brilliant unit of work from CIMT. The Activity that compares the National Lottery to Premium Bonds is a particular favourite of mine.
- A very good rich activity that challenges students’ understanding of the equivalence of fractions and their position on the number line.
- A nice, simple lesson that covers all the essentials that students need to be able to add and subtract decimals successfully.
- Loop cards are simple, effective activities that can engage even the most reluctant of students and quickly highlight any misconceptions the class might have.
- “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” with fractions, decimals and percentages. Even though its not on TV that much these days, the students still love it!
- Some really nice ideas for introducing fractions to a Year 7 class. The Activities pdf is definitely worth having a look at.
- Deliberate mistakes are one of the best ways to assess pupils’ understanding and deepen their learning. This is an excellent resource to help achieve that.
- A simple, fun and effective starter/plenary for testing students’ understanding of working out percentages of an amount without using a calculator.