Lesson Plans

Overview

Math-enhanced CTE lessons are written only after CTE and math teacher teams work together to develop a curriculum map that identifies the CTE concepts and intersecting math concepts that are naturally embedded within the CTE curriculum. Once the map is complete, the CTE and math teacher teams, working in communities of practice, select from within it one or more CTE concepts and related math concepts to develop into CTE lesson plans. The Math-in-CTE model’s seven-element pedagogic framework (PDF) guides this lesson development process. When the lessons are complete, the CTE teachers create scope and sequence plans for integrating the lessons into their courses.

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Costing is a sample Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary/ProStart) lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Utah. The lesson’s objective is to teach students to accurately find cost per serving and use this serving cost to determine a menu price. The CTE concepts taught in this lesson are cost per serving and menu prices. Math concepts include addition, division, and percentages.

Salads is a sample Hospitality and Tourism (Culinary/FACS) lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Utah. The lesson’s objective is to teach students to create an aesthetically pleasing salad and prepare a vinaigrette dressing that uses the correct vinegar to oil ratio. The CTE concept taught in this lesson is how to make salads and salad dressings. Math concepts include ratios, percentages, fractions, and conversions.

Photoshop Scale is a sample Information Technology lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Iowa. The lesson’s objective is to help students resize an image into given parameters without distorting the image. The CTE concept taught in this lesson is image resizing. Math concepts include ratio, proportion, scale, and equivalent fractions.

Gas Metal Arc Welding (GMAW) Shielding Gas Mix is a sample lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Maine. The lesson’s objective is to prepare students to choose the proper shielding gas for a wire and weld process. The CTE concept for this lesson is how to choose shielding gas mixtures. Math concepts are percentages and whole number multiplication.

Break-Even Point is a sample Marketing lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Colorado. The lesson’s objective is to teach students to identify fixed and variable costs and compute total revenue, total costs, and the break-even point. The CTE concepts for this lesson are fixed costs, variable costs, total revenue, total costs, and the break-even point. Math concepts include systems of linear equations, problem solving, table construction, graphing, and interpretation of results.