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Percentages

Subject taught
- Math

Link
https://www.mathspad.co.uk/teach/lessonPlans/calculatingPercentagesOfAmounts.php

Type of Product
- Lesson Plans

Language Skills Developed
- Listening
- Reading
- Speaking
- Writing

Transferable/Scientific Skills Developed
Student will develop self-motivation, analytical skills, problem-solving skills.

Description
General aims:
Student will have basic knowledge about percentages and will be able to calculate percentage of an amount. One will know basic vocabulary in English connected with percentages. Student will develop positive learning habits such as organisational and problem-solving skills.

Linguistic aims:
- to read and listen English with ease
- to understand content
- to communicate watching experiences
- to learn new vocabulary from watched videos
- to master tools for gathering information
- to express understanding and experiences
- to enable students to understand topic correctly
- to develop academic language
- to translate words connected with percentages in English into the mother tongue using one’s own words.

Subject specific aims:
- student knows the definition of percent
- student is able to express a percent as a decimal
- student is able to calculate the percent of an amount
- student gains confidence in their math skills
- student is better prepared for standardized testing.

Target group age:
Students from primary school (12-13 years old), before using the resource they need to know how to do basic operation with decimals, how to convert fraction into decimal. What is more, this video can be used by anyone who wants to do mathematical operations with percents, also by grade teachers who wants to teach percentage using English.

Level of competence in English (CEFR)
B1/B1+

Time required to use the resource with the students:
The teacher can use the resource with the students for one lessons.

How to use it
Before using the resource during one’s classes, the students should be able to do basic operation with fractions and decimals.

During lessons the teacher should ask the student in English:
“What is the percent?”, “Do you know the symbol of the percent?”
“What does mean 0%?”,“What does mean 100%?”,
“How to change fraction into decimal?”, “How to change percent into fraction?”,
“How could you calculate 3/10 of an amount?” “How is calculating a percentage different? “

The students give the answers with the examples. The teacher should give them a feedback and show students more examples on the black table.
The teacher highlights some new words for students in English and students should find the translation these words into the mother tongue and write down the new words in English in the notebook with the right translation in their own words. Students should practice themselves.
The teacher provides more exercises which are included in the lesson plan. Students can work in pairs or in groups.
Possible difficulties for the students
Students who have poor knowledge of English can have problems with understanding the content. Students who has problems doing basic operations with decimals can face difficulties in solving math problems with percentages which are introduced in the resource which is recommended.

Comments
The resource provides interesting exercises, it can be used by teachers as a model to help them teach their own students how to calculate the percentage of an amount. The strength of the resource is a rich content, visuals, clarity of explanation, and a simple sentence structure. It presents an easy way to understandable strategies which are easy for students to remember and for teachers to teach. The resource contains percentages grid, the puzzle and other activities. The teacher can also find more interesting activities if one has subscribed. In my opinion this web site is scientifically reliable and can be recommended to students and teachers, it is intuitive and usable. A layout is focused on ease of use, and ease of understanding. Consistent design allows the user to focus on the message. The resource could be more visually appealing to students and provide a wider range of different types of exercises.

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