Picking Apart Percents


There are multiple ways to look at percents. One way to look at percents is by using the “easy 10%” method. The “easy 10%” method simply means to move the decimal to the left one spot. If you are teaching this to a group of young students it may be easier to understand this method by saying you are making the number smaller. A couple of  examples are 10% of 53 = 5.3 and 10% of 249 = 24.9. In both of these cases we move the decimal to the left one spot which makes the number smaller.

Understanding the “easy 10%” method can help you figure out other percentages. If something in 30% off, you need to find 10% off of the item, then multiply it by 3. An example of this could be if an item costs $25.00 and it is 30% off. We can start by finding 10% of the item which is $2.50, then multiply that by 3; this will equal $7.50. I think percentages are very important to learn because they are common in our lives. Everytime we shop we can use percentages to figure out our discounts, coupons, and the total of our purchase!

Another way to look at percentages is by using percent charts. If we are taking 50% of 200, we can set up a 10×10 grid with each unit equalling 2. By setting the grid up like this we are essentially multiplying 2×100 which makes 200. In order to get 50% of this grid we would fill in 50 units. In this case 50 units would equal 100 because each unit is equal to 2. This example is drawn in the picture provided.


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