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ABE Contextualized Math Modules: Driving a Truck, Part 2—Figuring Travel Time

This resource supports the teaching of specific education and training content that can be implemented by classroom instructors in the context of a particular career cluster.
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State of Washington ABE instructors for the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges
Published: 
2009
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Abstract: 

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

**It is recommended that students complete Driving a Truck, Part 1 prior to this lesson. Driving a Truck, Part 2, provides scenario-based instruction to teach the mathematics concepts involved in calculating travel time, a task commonly performed by truck drivers.  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. A quiz covering concepts taught in both Parts 1 and 2 is provided at the end of this module. Audio narration is provided for the workplace scenarios to support lower-level readers and ELL students.

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Students will be able to: (1) Round decimals; (2) Add time segments; (3) Convert between minutes and fractions of an hour; (4) Calculate gas mileage per tank; (5) Calculate gas mileage per gallon; and (6) Solve one and two-step word problems.

This resource was reviewed and vetted through the Designing Instruction for Career Pathways initiative of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education under Contract No. ED-CFO-10-A-0072/0001.