A Program of The Actuarial Foundation. Aligned with Common Core State and NCTM Standards.

What is an actuary? An actuary is an expert in statistics who works with businesses, governments, and organizations to help them plan for the future. Actuarial science is the discipline that applies math and statistical methods to assess risk.

# Conversions Rock

## Build Skills in Equivalent Conversions

Welcome to "Conversions Rock," an engaging math program for grades 6–8 newly expanded for higher standards. The lessons and worksheets are designed to build and reinforce the important skills of converting between fractions, decimals, and percentages, as well as to encourage critical thinking. Developed by The Actuarial Foundation with Scholastic, this program aims to provide skill-focused, real-world math to help students succeed in the classroom and beyond.

Standards Chart: Common Core State and NCTM Standards (PDF)

Getting Started: The lessons and activities guide students to develop skills for equivalent conversions through a young band called The Conversions. Each member of the band has a math specialty he or she uses to help make the band successful. Nikki, the guitarist, is fascinated by fractions. Dezzy digs decimals. Bailey is a pro with percentages.

### Lesson Plans

Lesson 1: Converting Fractions
Guide your students to learn key features about fractions and how to convert them to equivalent decimals and percents. Also show them the related concepts of ratio and proportion.
Lesson 2: Converting Decimals