Construction Math Toolbox

This math toolbox combines fun, industry-required math lessons with supplemental academic and career guidance information.
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Author(s): 
Renton Technical College, Renton, WA
Author(s) Organizational Affiliation: 
Renton Technical College, Renton, WA
Published: 
2005
Number of Pages: 
183
Product Type: 
Skill Level: 
NRS EFL 5--ASE Low
NRS EFL 4--ESL Low Intermediate ESL
NRS EFL 5--ESL High Intermediate ESL
Required Training: 

None

Abstract: 

This math toolbox combines fun, industry-required math lessons with supplemental academic and career guidance information. It was developed at Renton Technical College in Renton, WA as part of a Transition Math Project. The lesson plans align with grade level expectations for 8th, 9th, and 10th grades. (NRS levels 4 and 5).

The lesson plans and academic and career guidance information are arranged on this website in separate sections.  The titles of the sections are:

  • Acoustical Ceiling Lesson Plan
  • Cost Calculations Lesson Plan
  • Cylinder Volume Lesson Plan
  • Electricity and Ohm’s Law Lesson Plan
  • Octagons Lesson Plan
  • Principles of Square Roots Lesson Plan
  • Ration and Scale Lesson Plan
  • Roofing & Right Triangles Lesson Plan
  • Rule of Quarters Lesson Plan
  • Soil Excavation Lesson Plan
  • Academic Resources for Teachers, including websites, homework activities, and construction education events
  • Career Guidance Resources for Teachers, including post-secondary and apprenticeship construction program information and construction job descriptions

The Construction Toolkit is not copyrighted and all parts, including student materials, can be copied.

What the Experts Say: 

According to the Components of Numeracy and the ANN Teaching and Learning Principles, it is very important to teach mathematics contextually. The Math Tool Kit is a wealth of activities that connect important mathematical concepts in a contextual content of construction.

There are many lessons applicable to algebra such as direct and inverse variation and using formulas. There is a lesson on Pythagorean theorem and volume of a cylinder that would be applicable for GED or algebra. There are lessons on measuring that could be used at ABE level.

There are also resources for career education that would be applicable for career pathway programs. While this math tool kit was purposefully designed for college transitions, it could be used for GED levels as well.

This website is of value to the field of adult education because it provides instructional tools, worksheets, additional web links, instructional ideas, and other teaching aids. The lessons focus on the construction industry and therefore, will assist learners with interconnections. Furthermore, brain research has shown that long-term memory, or genuine learning, depends upon information that the learner feels is significant. These lessons will create learners who are mathematically literate because they will be able to apply mathematical thinking and reasoning to real-life problem solving. This type of problem-based learning is also motivational. In addition, the many statistics facts that are sited are informative to adult education instructors and other adult education administrators. It creates a real sense of urgency to all educators of mathematics.

The most significant link on this website is TAB Fourteen, because it is full of real life applications and since it is not copyrighted, it can be copied and distributed for educational purposes.

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