Students will learn how to convert fractions, decimals, and percents using a computer applet. This
is a follow-up lesson to
Fraction Conversion.

Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will:

practice converting fractions, decimals, and percentages

understand the numeric value of various equivalent representations simple fractions, decimals, and percentages

Standards Addressed:

Grade 10

Estimation and Computation

The student accurately solves problems (including real-world situations).

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of real numbers.

Grade 3

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of simple fractions with denominators 2, 3, 4, or 10.

Grade 4

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of fractions with denominators 2 through 12.

Grade 5

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of positive fractions with denominators 1 through 12 and 100 with proper and mixed numbers and benchmark percents (10%, 25%, 50%, 75%, 100%).

Grade 6

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of fractions (proper or mixed numbers), decimals, percents (whole number), or integers.

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of fractions, mixed numbers, or percents.

Grade 7

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, percents, or integers).

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of positive fractions, decimals, or percents.

Grade 8

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of real numbers.

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, or percents including integers).

Grade 9

Estimation and Computation

The student accurately solves problems (including real-world situations).

Numeration

The student demonstrates conceptual understanding of real numbers.

Grade 5

Number Sense

1.0 Students compute with very large and very small numbers, positive integers, decimals, and fractions and understand the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percents. They understand the relative magnitudes of numbers

Fourth Grade

Number and Operations-Fractions

Extend understanding of fraction equivalence and ordering.

Build fractions from unit fractions by applying and extending previous understandings of operations on whole numbers.

Understand decimal notation for fractions, and compare decimal fractions.

Third Grade

Number and Operations-Fractions

Develop understanding of fractions as numbers.

Grades 3-5

Numbers and Operations

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates

3rd Grade

Number and Operations

The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of the representation of whole numbers and fractional parts; the addition and subtraction of whole numbers; accurate, efficient, and generalizable methods of multiplying whole numbers; and the relationships among multiplication, division, and related basic facts.

7th Grade

Number and Operations

The student will demonstrate through the mathematical processes an understanding of the representation of rational numbers, percentages, and square roots of perfect squares; the application of ratios, rates, and proportions to solve problems; accurate, efficient, and generalizable methods for operations with integers; the multiplication and division of fractions and decimals; and the inverse relationship between squaring and finding the square roots of perfect squares.

3rd Grade

Numbers and Operations

The student will develop number and operation sense needed to represent numbers and number relationships verbally, symbolically, and graphically and to compute fluently and make reasonable estimates in problem solving.

4th Grade

Number and Operation

The student will develop number and operation sense needed to represent numbers and number relationships verbally, symbolically, and graphically and to compute fluently and make reasonable estimates in problem solving.

5th Grade

Number and Operation

The student will develop number and operation sense needed to represent numbers and number relationships verbally, symbolically, and graphically and to compute fluently and make reasonable estimates in problem solving.

4th Grade

Number and Number Sense

4.2.c The student will relate fractions to decimals, using concrete objects.

5th Grade

Number and Number Sense

5.2a The student will recognize and name commonly used fractions (halves, fourths, fifths, eighths, and tenths) in their equivalent decimal form and vice versa

5.2b The student will order a given set of fractions and decimals from least to greatest. Fractions will include like and unlike denominators limited to 12 or less, and mixed numbers.

6th Grade

Number and Number Sense

6.1 The student will identify representations of a given percent and describe orally and in writing the equivalence relationships among fractions, decimals, and percents.

7th Grade

Number and Number Sense

7.1 The student will compare, order, and determine equivalent relationships between fractions, decimals, and percents, including use of scientific notation for numbers greater than 10.

8th Grade

Number and Number Sense

8.1c compare and order decimals, fractions, percents, and numbers written in scientific
notation.

perform basic mouse manipulations such as point, click and drag

use a browser for experimenting with the activities

Arithmetic: Students must be able to:

convert between fractions and decimals

Teacher Preparation

Students will need:

access to a browser

pencil and paper

Key Terms

decimal

Short for the term "decimal fraction", a decimal is another way to represent fractional numbers. The decimal uses place value to express the value of a number as opposed to a fraction that uses a numerator and denominator.

fraction

A rational number of the form a/b where a is called the numerator and b is called the denominator

percent

A ratio that compares a number to one hundred. The symbol for percent is %

Lesson Outline

Focus and Review:

Remind students what they learned about converting between fractions and decimals.

Lead into lesson by asking students if they know of another way of representing fractional
amounts besides fractions and decimals.

Objectives

Let the students know what it is they will be doing and learning today. Say something like this:

Today we will be learning about percents and how to convert fractions, decimals, and
percentages.

Ask students how they think you should convert from fractions or decimals into percentages.

After discussing different possible methods, explain to students that you can convert to
percentages by converting to a fraction over 100, and just using the numerator with the
percent sign: %.