Percents Webquest

Introduction:
Percent is a part of our daily lives. Whether you are shopping, working, or interested in sports, you have used percentages. You have been selected to explore how percent is used in people's daily lives, and to give examples of how it is used in yours.


The Task:
You will explore some online resources for percent concepts and applications. You will then explore how percent is used in people's daily lives using the Internet and other media. Lastly, you will identify specific examples of how it is used in your daily life. These tasks will require a computer, access to the Internet and other media, paper and pencil.


The Process:
Part I:
  1. Review the Proportions & Percents Lesson.
  2. Complete the exercises at the bottom of the page.

Part II:
  1. Review the Discounts & Sales Price Lesson.
  2. Complete the exercises at the bottom of the page.
  3. Play the Percent Goodies Game.
  4. Record your score.

Part III
Explore the sites below, then find more information using the Internet and other media (see other resources below).
  1. Read about Percent Win-Loss.
  2. Try our Loan Calculator.
  3. Explore Credit Cards (external site)
  4. Explore Personal Income Tax (external site)

Part IV
  1. List 20 ways people use percentages in their daily lives. Use your own words, use complete sentences, and be specific. For example, "People use percentages to compute their mortgage payments."
  2. Think about how percent is used in your daily life. Think of specific examples of how it is used with the things that you do and like. For example, "When I go shopping, I use percentages to find the sale price and discount on clothing in the store."
  3. Create a worksheet with 4-5 specific problems involving percentages from your daily life.
  4. Create an answer key for your worksheet.
  5. Complete Percent Applications Worksheet 1 (on a sheet of loose-leaf paper)
  6. Exchange your worksheet with a classmate or family member.


Other Resources:
  1. Search engines such as Bing, Google, Ask, and Yahoo.
  2. Other online sources such as ESPN for sports statistics
  3. Other media such as magazines, newspapers, etc.

Evaluation/Assessment:
  1. Make a list of all the sources from which you gathered information (e.g. sports section of the newspaper).
  2. Have a classmate or family member complete your worksheet.
  3. Identify and correct any errors you had on your worksheet and answer key.
  4. Identify the most and the least challenging uses of percent in your daily life.
  5. Complte the webquest quiz. (See Ms. Adams for this.)


Conclusion:
Congratulations! You learned how percent is used in daily life. You were also given an opportunity to share specific examples of its use in your daily life.