# N2/L1.9

Find simple percentage parts of quantities and measurements

(a) Understand that there are different ways of calculating percentages, and be able to use at least one preferred method effectively

(b) Understand that knowing a range of methods for use with different numbers can make life easier than a single method applied to all numbers (but the choice remains the learner's)

A differentiated resource to recap many number & measure skills and to help learners with the skills needed when looking for or applying for a job.

There are 6 questions in both the L1 and L2 version – working out weekly pay, annual salary, tax payable, comparing pay to JSA (Job Seeker’s Allowance), reading/completing a bus timetable and correcting a job acceptance letter (L1 Functional English proof reading).

A simple but effective dice game to help students become familiar with, and practise, calculating percentages of amounts. You will need to customise 2 dice by writing amounts on one and percentages on the other.

I usually play this game with low ability students after teaching them a fail-safe calculator method for working out percentages of amounts, but it can be adapted for higher level learners.

It also helps to reinforce that 0% of a number is nothing and 100% of a number is all of it.

PPT covering

- Percentages of simple amounts (10%, 50% etc).
- More challenging amounts (e.g 15%)
- Percentage increase and decrease.

Each objective has examples, followed by tasks.

Using a video from YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6eTr4ldDYg) about the miniature earth I have created this PowerPoint on percentages. It will work well with John Thompson’s easy percentage worker-outer and Margaret Adams’ Calculating percentages as quantities (links below under “See also”).

A set of cards that can be used to play a game where students have shares in a small company. Each group of three players receives ‘market updates’ in the form of cards that require them to divide a number in a ratio, or find the value of an amount given the value of part of the amount. Students are encouraged to keep full financial records. As a differentiation task for confident students, it is possible to calculate the percentage change in value of the shareholding at the end of the game.

A set of cards where learners have to find percentages of money. **Note that it is percentage of not off – this should be discussed**.

Use as a paired game. Learners share the cards between them, then both turn over one card each. They work out how much their card is worth then the “winner” or person whose card is worth more keeps both cards. Play continues until 1 player has all the cards.

Adapted from Emma Shaw’s **Fractions of quantities top trump cards** see below.

Beautifully clear worksheet to be used in conjunction with John Thomson’s “percentage worker-outer” (see below). It is staggered to build up skills slowly – making it particularly good for the less confident learner who needs lots of practice.

Five wonderful sets of multiple choice revision questions covering Level 1 ratio, mean & range, fractions, percentages, and number (mostly place value & rounding). Each set consists of 9 cards and is individually mapped to the numeracy curriculum.

Cut up into cards and use as required. Use individual sets for targeted revision or mix with other sets of cards for general revision.

This spreadsheet is designed to enable students to check their own work; but also to learn about what happens when you add two decimals, or multiply two fractions, and so on.

The spreadsheet consists of the following sheets:

Step by step method for working out any percentage using easy mental maths methods such as dividing by 10 or 100; doubling and adding up. An example is included and a blank “bubble template “ to users to use with their own percentage problems. A smart notebook version of the template is also included.

Please note you must have the Smart Notebook software installed on your computer in order to open, view and use the Notebook resource http://smarttech.com/