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Fractions and Percentages Card Game

Age 11 to 16
Challenge Level

Why do this problem?

This game offers students an opportunity to practice calculating fractions and percentages of amounts.

Possible approach

Demonstrate the game using the interactivity or the Printed cards. Then invite students to play the game.

For some students it may be appropriate to have access to calculators or pencil and paper, or you could challenge students to work out the calculations in their heads.

Bring the class together and ask for any tips or strategies that help with the game.

You could invite students to create their own sets of cards that they can share and use to play their own versions of the game.

Key questions

Which fractions and percentages are easy to work out?
Which are more difficult?
If you know 10% of a quantity, how could you work out 30%? 5%? 15%?

Possible support

Students could work on Matching Fractions, Decimals and Percentages first.

Possible extension

If students have successfully played the game with a calculator, encourage them to move on to paper and pencil, and finally mental methods.

Fair Shares is a challenging investigation involving fractions of amounts.