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Math and the World Around You

Teaching Guide
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Communication
A Day in History
Math At Work
Connecting Math to Other Subjects
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Glossary
Resources
Assessment
Teaching Guide

Introduction
 
This curriculum web is designed to engage students in making the connection between math and real life.  This website serves as an introduction to prepare students for more complex math learning by making students more aware of the importance of math and how they will use it in every day life.  The lesson is extensive and provides many opportunities for enrichment.  This website can be used as one whole lesson and be completed over several days or even weeks, depending on the level of the students, or specific components of the site can be utilized individually to enhance learning in the classroom.  To begin, make sure you explore the site and decide how you would like to utilize it in your classroom. 
 
Aim
 
To introduce students to the application of math in every day life and familiarize them with problem solving skills to better prepare them for adult living.
 
Rationale
 
 Through this curriculum, students will explore how math plays an important role in our everyday lives by exploring different careers that involve the use of math.  Through a series of activities, students will strengthen basic math skills and learn how to break down math processes into logical steps, apply math to real life situations, and enhance their ability to use logical reasoning and critical thinking skills.  After completing the activities, students will have a better understanding of math concepts and be able to find value in learning math. 
 
Learners
 
The activities on the website are designed for high school students 9-12 with varying disabilities that have a very basic knowledge of math.  Activities could be modified to be used with younger students as well.
 
Pre-Requisite Skills
 
Students should have basic computer knowledge.  They will need to be able to use technology to access the web and navigate around the website.  Students should know how to use email and be able to submit work electronically.  Students should have basic knowledge of numbers and basic understanding of math.
 
Goals and Objectives
 
This curriculum web was developed to introduce math concepts to high school students with varying exceptionalities that have exhibited remedial math skills.  This unit will provide students with the background knowledge to apply math skills to real life situations and encourage students to evaluate math processes to gain a better understanding of math concepts and the importance of obtaining math skills through multiple step activities and exploration.
 
Students will demonstrate knowledge of the importance of math throughout history.
 
Students will be able to use math terminology to interpret and summarize math processes.
 
Students will be able to identify real life applications of math.
 
Students will strengthen basic math skills to meet prerequisite skills for acquisition of more complex math concepts.
 
Students will be able to select and use appropriate math concepts in real life situations.
 
Students will be able to follow and complete multiple steps to solve math problems.
 
Students will e able to describe and evaluate math processes to make logical deductions.
 
Students will connect math to other subjects.
 
Students will utilize learned math concepts to function in the community.
 
Students will be able to reflect on experiences in the community, verbally, and in writing.
 
Materials
 
A computer with internet access
 
A printer
 
Pen or pencil
 
Paper
 
Instructional Plan
 

The lesson is extensive and provides many opportunities for enrichment.  This website can be used as one whole lesson and be completed over several days or even weeks, depending on the level of the students, or specific components of the site can be utilized individually to enhance learning in the classroom. 

 

Before you begin using this curriculum web to enhance student learning, explore the website as a "student" and figure out how you will want to use it.  Check out the links, and determine how this website will best meet the educational objectives that you have set for your students.  You can take certain activities from the site to use with your students or you can use the whole site as a lesson in itself.    If you are going to use this curriculum web as a whole lesson, figure out what modifications will need to be made.  For example, how will you want students to submit work?  Will you have them open email accounts and submit work electronically or will you print assignments out to be handed in? 

 

For all assessments in http://www.unitedstreaming/, results get emailed to my personal email.  Have students print the tests out to hand in or sign up for an account with United Streaming.  On their home page they allow you to check and see if your school has a United Streaming account or you can sign up for a 30 day free trial. 

 

It may be helpful to provide students with an activity timeline as to how they will complete activities and in what time frame.  Students should know when each assignment is due and how to submit it. 

 

If necessary, you may want to do a short lesson on how to use the computer and different features that the student may be using (i.e. email, chats, search engines) prior to beginning this lesson. 

 

Students will begin by logging into the site and reading the home page.  This page will lead them to explore the site as you did in preparing to use this curriculum web.  Several links are offered for student use:

 

  • A Day in History- this link is a good way to teach students about how math has been used throughout history and by different cultures.  It can be utilized in a few different ways.

 

    • Use 1:  the calendar can be viewed daily and provide opportunity for discussion of the history of math 

Or

 

    • Use 2:  students can choose a day and write a summary of what important math event happened on that day (the link provides this activity as an extra credit option for students to complete on their own and submit for extra credit points

 

  • Back to Basics- this button leads students to three links.  One of the links leads them to math games that enhance basic math concepts.  This is a fun way for students to reinforce basic math concepts and improve their basic math skills (which are essential for more complex math learning).  The second link leads to notes that students can view or even print out if they are struggling with the steps to complete basic math or need remediation of basic math skills.  These notes are step by step, how to complete addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems.  Many times if students can break down math problems into steps, it is easier to understand the concept.    The third link provides students with basic math drills.  This link will help students to improve their speed and accuracy on basic math problems so that when they begin to learn more complex math concepts, they aren’t held back by weak basic math skills (for example, if a student is learning to find the greatest common factor for a set of numbers, they need to be able to quickly recall multiplication tables.  If students struggle with multiplication tables, they will not only have difficulty finding greatest common factors but will get quickly frustrated when they realize that it will take them a long time to complete this type of problem).  Teachers can use this link in several ways:

 

    •  Use 1:  Teachers can use the notes to teach basic math concepts to students

 

    • Use 2:  Teacher can print out the notes and hang on the wall for students to use as a resource (as a reminder of the steps)

 

    • Use 3:  Students can use these links to practice basic math skills during times in the day when they are given free choice of activities

 

    • Use 4:  Teachers can quiz students on basic math skills using the basic math drill link or even the game link

 

    • Use 5:  Teachers can make it a requirement for students to practice these skills once or twice a week either using the drill link or the game link.

 

  • Glossary- this link provides students with a glossary of terms.  Terms are broken up into “website terms” and “math terms”.  Website terms are the definition of words that the student may come across when using the website but may not know what the word means.  (for example, occupation).  The Math terms are definitions of math related words that students need to know (for example, quotient).  This link has two uses:

 

    • Use 1:  Students can use this link as a resources to aid in their learning

 

    • Use 2:  Teachers can give students vocabulary assignments using the glossary as a tool.

 

  • Assessment- this link is more for the teachers than the students.  This link provides links to all of the assessment tools used in the site and rubrics for activities.  Activities that have an assessment already made will provide a link to the assessment or rubric on the actual activity page for students use.  This link also provides teacher resource links for creating assessments as well.

 

 

  • Communication- this link is an interactive tool that will give students the opportunity to communicate with their teacher and peers in a discussion board and through email.  This link provides multiple uses as well.
    • Use 1:  Teachers can set up an online community/discussion board for their classes that will allow students to share their thoughts, ideas, and questions.

 

    • Use 2:  Teachers can provide discussion questions to be discussed via discussion board that will enhance students’ critical thinking skills and allow them to get a better understanding of math and the connection between math and their own lives.

 

    • Use 3:  Teachers can have students submit work via email.

 

  • Resources- this link will provide resources to students and teachers.  Each group will have a link that takes them to the resources.  The student link will provide students with links to resources that may be used for further exploration of topics addressed on the site or links to resources that will assist students in completing activities.  The teacher link will provide teachers with resource links that may be used to assist in lesson planning and lesson enrichment. 

Assessment and Evaluation

 

Students will take a pre-test questionaire prior to beginning this curriculum web.  The pre-test will simply give you an idea of  your students' perceptions and feelings about math.   You might want to give your students a basic skills pre-test as well to determine the students' prior knowledge of basic math skills and to assess how much students have learned from this lesson. 

 

The pre-test is not graded but counts as a part of the participation grade.  See the participation grade rubric to see how it is scored.

 

Each link on this site has an activity or quiz to complete.  The rubrics and/or answer key for each of these activities and quizzes can be found by clicking on the assessment button and going to Teacher Resources. 

 

Students can earn up to 300 points total from participating in this curriculum web lesson.  You may want to limit extra credit activities to two.  Points are distributed as follows:

 

                          Assignment        Points
Participation     10    points
Math at Work     50    points
Connecting Math to other disciplines     50    points
Back to Basics     60    points
Post Test   100    points
Extra Credit (each worth 10 points, limit to two)                                               20    points
                   Total Possible Points:   200   points