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(10 activities)

# Introduction

The Make It Real Learning Fractions, Percents, and Decimals IV workbook focuses on real-world situations that may be effectively analyzed using arithmetic concepts such as fractions, percents, and decimals. This book suits best grades 4-7.

From figuring out body mass index to ratios in fertilizers and voter turnout rates, learners get to use basic math skills in meaningful ways. Each activity integrates real world information, companies, and issues (e.g. M&Ms, fitness & target heart rates, Seattle Space Needle and a scale model of it, presidential elections), not just "realistic" data.

The workbook includes 10 activities focused on helping learners master the Common Core State Standards for Mathematics (www.corestandards.org). Each workbook activity focuses on making sense of mathematics in a real-world context. Mastering mathematics means more than memorizing procedures. Learners need to discover how to think critically and use mathematics as a tool to better understand the world.

There are multiple ways to use the activities of the book in a teaching environment. The activities are an excellent tool for stimulating mathematical discussions in a small group setting. Due to the challenging nature of each activity, group members are motivated to brainstorm problem solving strategies together. The interesting real world contexts motivate them to want to solve the problems. The activities may also be used for individual projects and class-wide discussions.

As a ready-resource for teachers, the workbook also includes completely worked-out solutions for each activity. To make it easier for teachers to assess student work, the solutions are included on a duplicate copy of each activity.

The PDF for this book is enabled for annotation. This means that if you prefer, your student can fill it in on the computer, using the typewriter and drawing tools in Acrobat Reader version 9 or greater.

## Fractions, Percents, and Decimals 4 Activity List

Activity TitleMathematical Objectives
Body Mass Index:
Working with a Measure of Fitness
Calculating BMI using the formula, given the height in inches and weight in pounds.
Target Heart Rate:
Working with a Fitness Measure
Calculating target heart reate for moderate or vigorous exercise based on a person's age. Comparing given heart rate to the target heart rate.
Fraction Situations #1:
Working with Fractions
Adding and subtracting unlike fractions. Changing a fraction into a percent.
Fraction Situations #2:
Working with Fractions
Multiplying and dividing fractions and mixed numbers.
Fraction Situations #3:
Working with Fractions
Problem solving: using all four operations with fractions.
Scale Models #1:
Working with Proportional Thinking
Calculating dimensions in reality or in the model using the given scale. Figuring out the scale ratio.
Scale Models #2:
Working with Proportional Thinking
Calculating dimensions in reality or in the model using the given scale. Figuring out the scale ratio.
Gardening with Mathematics:
Working with Ratios
Calculating amounts of minerals in fertilizers based on the NPK ratio. Problem solving using the fertilizer analysis.
Iowa Caucuses:
Working with Ratios, Rates, Percent
Calculate percentages
Create a pie chart
Create a bar graph
Presidential Elections:
Working with Voting Trends
Calculate percentages
Calculate percent of decrease
Calculate voter turnout rate
Create a line graph

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