Percent and Scaling

Students expand on and apply their understanding of percentages by studying percent increase and decrease, percent applications such as tax and simple interest, and scaled geometric drawings.

Unit Summary

In Unit 5, seventh-grade students use their understanding of ratios and proportions from Unit 1 to solve various real-world applications involving percentages and scale drawings. They begin the unit by studying the relationship between percent, part, and whole using familiar strategies from sixth grade as well as new strategies from this year, such as proportions. Students then investigate how percentages can be used to represent increases and decreases in quantities. They use visual diagrams to model these situations and to understand how 100% plus 20% of a value is the same as 120% of that value (MP.2). Students continue to build fluency with percent problems as they solve real-world problems such as calculating purchase totals while considering discounts and tax. Lastly, students study scale drawings and learn how a scale can be used to create scale copies of large measurements such as maps or floor plans. They apply proportional reasoning and strategically use tools to re-create scale drawings or find actual measures from scale drawings (MP.5). Throughout this unit, students use skills and concepts they already have to make sense of and reason through new problems (MP.1), including continuing to work with a range of rational numbers.

In sixth grade, students learned several strategies to solve ratio and rate problems, including tables, tape diagrams, double number lines, and equations. They also defined percent as a rate per 100 and solved percent problems to find the whole, part, or percent. These standards are foundational to this seventh-grade unit, and the first four lessons in this unit incorporate these concepts and skills.

In eighth grade, students will refine their understanding of scale and scale drawings when they study dilations in their transformations unit. They will define similar figures and use dilations and other transformations to prove that two images are similar or scale drawings of one another.

Pacing: 23 instructional days (19 lessons, 3 flex days, 1 assessment day)

For guidance on adjusting the pacing for the 2020-2021 school year due to school closures, see our 7th Grade Scope and Sequence Recommended Adjustments.

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Unit Prep

Essential Understandings


  • Percentages can be used to understand the relationship between parts of quantities and the whole quantity. Percentages can also be used to understand how quantities change in relation to their starting values. As a result, we can use percentages to model many real-world applications such as price changes and simple interest. 
  • Scale drawings are proportional to one another by a measure called the scale factor. 
  • Scales, such as “1 inch represents 10 miles,” enable us to draw and work with large or small objects and measures at scale, for example maps and floor plans. 




percent increase/percent decrease





scale factor


simple interest

measurement error

percent error


scale image/drawing

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Unit Materials, Representations and Tools


  • Table
  • Tape diagram
  • Double number line
  • Proportion
  • Percent equation
  • Ruler
  • Graph paper
  • Blank paper

Intellectual Prep


Internalization of Standards via the Unit Assessment

  • Take unit assessment. Annotate for:
    • Standards that each question aligns to
    • Strategies and representations used in daily lessons
    • Relationship to Essential Questions of unit
    • Lesson(s) that assessment points to

Internalization of Trajectory of Unit

  • Read and annotate “Unit Summary”
  • Notice the progression of concepts through the unit using “Unit at a Glance”
  • Do all target tasks. Annotate the target tasks for: 
    • Essential understandings
    • Connection to assessment questions 
  • Identify key opportunities to engage students in academic discourse. Read through our Guide to Academic Discourse and refer back to it throughout the unit.

Unit-Specific Intellectual Prep


Example: 280 students attend a carnival, representing 80% of the school.

Tape diagram

Example: 280 students attend a carnival, representing 80% of the school.

Double number line

Example: 280 students attend a carnival, representing 80% of the school.

Proportion Example: 280 students attend a carnival, representing 80% of the school.



Percent equation

Example: 280 students attend a carnival, representing 80% of the school.





This assessment accompanies Unit 5 and should be given on the suggested assessment day or after completing the unit.

Lesson Map

Topic A: Percent, Part, and Whole

Topic B: Percent Increase and Decrease

Topic C: Percent Applications

Topic D: Scale Drawings

Common Core Standards

Key: Major Cluster Supporting Cluster Additional Cluster

Core Standards


Expressions and Equations
  • 7.EE.A.2 — Understand that rewriting an expression in different forms in a problem context can shed light on the problem and how the quantities in it are related. For example, a + 0.05a = 1.05a means that "increase by 5%" is the same as "multiply by 1.05."

  • 7.G.A.1 — Solve problems involving scale drawings of geometric figures, including computing actual lengths and areas from a scale drawing and reproducing a scale drawing at a different scale.

Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • 7.RP.A.3 — Use 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.A.3 — Solve real-world and mathematical problems involving the four operations with rational numbers. Computations with rational numbers extend the rules for manipulating fractions to complex fractions.

Foundational Standards


Expressions and Equations
  • 7.EE.B.3

Ratios and Proportional Relationships
  • 6.RP.A.3

  • 6.RP.A.3.C

  • 7.RP.A.2

Future Standards


  • 8.G.A.2

  • 8.G.A.4

Standards for Mathematical Practice

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP1 — Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP2 — Reason abstractly and quantitatively.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3 — Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP4 — Model with mathematics.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP5 — Use appropriate tools strategically.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP6 — Attend to precision.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP7 — Look for and make use of structure.

  • CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP8 — Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.