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Middle Grades Math: Solving Percent Problems

by Texas Instruments


  • Students will solve one-step and multi-step percent problems.
  • Students will investigate percents greater than 100%.


  • percentage
  • base
  • rate

About the Lesson

This lesson involves solving word problems dealing with percents by using visual and numerical representations of percents.
As a result, students will:

  • Grab and drag points to change the sizes of rectangles that represent the base and the percentage in each problem to create a visual representation for each problem.
  • Analyze the percent equation for each problem, and make connections between verbal, visual, and numerical representations in order to establish patterns in solving percent problems.