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CareerStart lessons: Grade seven

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Learning outcomes

Students will practice finding the percent of a number.

Teacher preparation

Time required for lesson

One class period

Materials needed


  1. Ask the students if any of them have attended a fair such as the Dixie Classic Fair or the North Carolina State Fair. Tell students they will take on the role of planners for the Dixie Classic Fair. Students will be in charge of ordering food items for the fair, and must order enough to last the entire 10-day fair week. (5 minutes)
  2. Place students in groups of two or three, and hand out the fair concession worksheet. Instruct students to complete the worksheet. (40 minutes)
  3. Project the overhead copy of the worksheet and have each group write answers to share with the class. (5 minutes)
  4. Discuss with students what other careers might need to calculate percents. (Examples may include loan officers, retail workers, small business owners, etc.) (5 minutes)

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Mathematics (2004)

Grade 7

  • Goal 1: Number and Operations - The learner will understand and compute with rational numbers.
    • Objective 1.01: Develop and use ratios, proportions, and percents to solve problems.
    • Objective 1.02: Develop fluency in addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of rational numbers.
      • Analyze computational strategies.
      • Describe the effect of operations on size.
      • Estimate the results of computations.
      • Judge the reasonableness of solutions.
    • Objective 1.03: Develop flexibility in solving problems by selecting strategies and using mental computation, estimation, calculators or computers, and paper and pencil.

  • Common Core State Standards
    • Mathematics (2010)
      • Grade 7

        • Ratios & Proportional Relationships
          • 7.RPR.3Use proportional relationships to solve multistep ratio and percent problems. Examples: simple interest, tax, markups and markdowns, gratuities and commissions, fees, percent increase and decrease, percent error.
        • The Number System
          • 7.NS.3Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers.1