Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics


Click on the linked CTE and math concepts within this map to view the lesson plan associated with them.

The Math-in-CTE professional development model is not a curriculum; instead, it is a process, organized around a set of five core principles (PDF), through which CTE and math teachers working in teams learn how to enhance the math that naturally occurs in their CTE curricula. Math-in CTE professional development always begins with curriculum mapping. In this process, CTE teachers examine the CTE concepts they teach, then work with math teacher partners to identify embedded math intersections, as linked to the Common Core math standards, and create a curriculum map. Once the map is complete, the CTE and math teacher teams select from within it one or more CTE concepts and related math concepts to develop into CTE lesson plans.

This sample Math-in-CTE curriculum map was created by teacher teams composed of automotive and math teachers from Arizona. The associated sample lesson plan and related materials were identified and developed from this curriculum map.

Click on the CTE and math concepts within this map to view the lesson plan associated with them. Scroll to the right to view the middle and high school Common Core math standards associated with each unit.

Transportation, Distribution, and Logistics

CTE Course/UnitCTE Concepts or ApplicationsEmbedded Math ConceptsMiddle School Common Core Math StandardsHigh School Common Core Math Standards
Site specificPolicies and procedures;
Pretests for tools and parts;
Auto terms;
Math review and pretest for math
Basic math6.NS.2; 6.NS.3; 7.NS.1; 7.EE.3A.APR.1; A.APR.7; N.RN.3; N.Q.1
Tool usage;
Equipment usage;
Emergency procedures;
Air pressure;
Chemicals (MSDS);
ToolsBasic tool skillsConversion of fractions to decimals to metric6.NS.1; 6.EE.2; 7.NS.1; 7.NS.2; 7.NS.3; 7.EE.3; 6.NS.2; 6.NS.3; 6.NS.5
Thread restoreMake bolt, nut, pop rivet repairMeasurement;
6.NS.2; 6.NS.3; 7.NS.1; 7.EE.3A.APR.1; A.APR.7; N.RN.3; N.Q.1; N.Q.3
NomenclatureAutomotive terms, including basic engine and vehicle configurations
Basic ElectricalElectrical theory;
Basic circuits;
Circuit protection;
Test light
Ohm’s law; Watt’s law;
Volt drop
6.EE.2; 7.EE.1; 7.EE.2A.REI.1; A.REI.2
Wire RepairWire repair procedures;
Solder styles (crimp, heatshrink);
Solder types
BatteriesBattery construction and types;
Safety, ratings, measurement and testing;
Conversion of ratings;
Start/ChargeFoundations of starting and charging system and operation;
Testing procedures and determining outcome
TireFoundations of tire and rim construction;
Tire sizes and designations;
Age of tires;
Safety working on rims;
Dismount/mount and repair procedures
Aspect ratio;
Pressure vs. force;
Unit conversions;
6.RP.1; 6.RP.2; 6.RP.3; 7.RP.1; 7.RP.2; 7.RP.3; 7.EE.3G.MG.3
Steer/SuspensionFoundations of steering and suspension systems and alignmentSlip angle of toe
BrakesFoundations of brake system (hydraulic vs. friction);
Fluid concerns;
Pascal’s Law
Pressure vs. force vs. leverage;
Boiling point degradation
6.EE.2; 7.EE.1; 7.EE.2A.REI.1; A.REI.2
Brakes/DrumDrum-specific applications
Brakes/DiscDisc-specific applications
Cooling SystemFoundations of cooling system, including components, theoryBoiling point/pressure;
Freeze protection vs antifreeze strength
Basic EnginesFoundations of basic engines, componentsEngine displacement and compression ratio6.RP.1; 6.RP.2; 6.RP.3; 7.RP.1; 7.RP.2; 7.RP.3; 7.EE.3G.MG.3