Author:
Larissa Mallon
Subject:
Career and Technical Education, Mathematics
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Primary, Middle School
Grade:
5, 6
Tags:
  • Career
  • Careers in Math
  • Math
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Downloadable docs

    Education Standards

    Math Applications in Careers - Ron Kelm

    Overview

    Using a graphic organizer (attached) with careers listed and their math books, students
    will brainstorm and create list of what Math is utilized in the careers. The teacher will lead discussion and record student responses on board.

    Subject/Grade Levels:

    Math   Grades: 5 - 6

    PA Standards- All 5th-6th Math Standards

    CEW- 13.1.5/8 H- Connect personal abilities and academic strengths to personal career options

    13.2.5/8 E. Apply to daily activities, the essential workplace skills: communication

    13.2.5/8 B – Identify and utilize resources in researching careers

    13.2.5/8 E  Team Building/Technology

    13.3.5/8 G Identify formal and informal learning opportunities that support career retention and advancement

    Essential Question:

    What Math applications are used in careers?

    Materials:

    • Computer with Internet
    • Graphic Organizer of Careers and Math Applications Used
    • Example of Career with 4 real examples of applications of math in a career
    • Math Textbooks
    • Construction Paper
    • Markers

    Introductory Activity:

    Using a graphic organizer (attached) with careers listed and their math books, students will brainstorm and create list of what Math is utilized in the careers. The teacher will lead discussion and record student responses on board.

    Instruction/Guided Practice:

    1. The teacher will take one of the careers and show the students 4 examples of situations with applications of how math is used in that career (either on the board or projected if smart board is available)

    2. The teacher will explain to students that the students will work in pairs to research and create a poster with a career and 4 examples of how math is used in that career. The teacher will explain they can use their books to help locate examples as well as the internet to look up examples.

    Independent Practice:

    1. In pairs, students will utilize their books and the internet to find examples of how math is used the career they chose.

    2. They will create a poster with the career and examples using 4 actual situations, problems, charts, formulas, etc. to represent math used in their career

    3. The students will present their posters to the class

    Exit Ticket Activity:

    The students will give at least 3 examples that they hadn’t thought of before of Math applications in careers.

    What Math is Used in Careers?

    Brainstorm as many ways math is used in the careers below

    Career

    What Math is Used

     

    Police Officer

     

     

     

     

     

    Dancer

     

     

     

     

     

    Carpenter

     

     

     

     

     

    Doctor

     

     

     

     

     

    Pilot

     

     

     

     

     

    Fire Fighter

     

     

     

     

    Artist

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Chef

     

     

     

     

     

    Truck Driver

     

     

     

     

    How Artists Use Math

     

    Many artists use geometric shapes to create art work.

                               

    Artists use ratios to help make sure their paintings look like they want them to

     

    Artists use height, length, and fractions to make sure their paintings fit and take up the right amount of space.

     

    Artists use measurement of volume to make sure they mix paint correctly.