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Books by James T. Charnock
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Teaching Percent: Percent Problems Made Easy
Originally, this article was sent to a well-known math journal and was REJECTED. I called to find out why. The answer was astounding. The anonymous reviewers admitted that, yes, this is a short and foolproof way to get the correct answer to percentage problems, but...getting the correct answer was not paramount. You see, there was no "discovery learning" involved, they said, and therefore the article was not acceptable.
Now, you tell me, if there's a process that helps students surmount often-confusing multi-approachable percent-related problems, shouldn't it be shared? That's what I concluded. So here YOU are ready to DISCOVER it. 4 Pages / PDF / Grades 3-9
How to Do and Graph a Survey
Once students understand fractions and percent it's time to put this knowledge to use. This is a fun activity. Students will first practice surveying their classmates, then go out into "the field" (other cooperating classes or in the supervised real world) to see how this simple survey is taken, but the results are graphed in two ways. More complicated graphing can be introduced later. 3 Pages / PDF / Grades 3-8
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