ABE Contextualized Math Modules: Measuring for Drywall
The Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges in partnership with Washington Online supported the development of a series of contextualized math modules for Adult Basic Education (ABE). Written by instructors from across the state, each module consists of a PowerPoint file containing self-paced instructional content. The files can be shared with students for direct use. Instructors can also use the PowerPoint file as a basis for lesson presentation. The series teaches mathematics concepts within the context of occupations spanning the Health Science, Transportation, and Architecture/Construction career clusters. The entire series of 12 modules is accessible at www.sbctc.ctc.edu/college/_e-abepd_teachingresources.aspx
Measuring for Drywall provides scenario-based instruction to teach the mathematics concepts involved in calculating surface area and lineal footage in order to determine how much drywall to buy, a task common in carpentry and construction. Each task presents a scenario-based problem and teaches/reviews the math skills essential to solving it. Practice problems are provided in both application and skill development formats, with answers available to allow learners to check their work. An assessment is included at the conclusion of the module. Audio narration is provided for the workplace scenarios to support lower-level readers and ELL students.
The module teaches basic mathematics concepts within the context of the Architecture and Construction career cluster using routine tasks performed by a drywall installer.