Architecture and Construction: Stair Construction

Architecture and Construction: Stair Construction

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 (including the Common Core math standards) 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.

Stair Construction is a sample Architecture and Construction lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Colorado. The lesson’s objective is to prepare students to design a stair layout and then build a set of stairs using the constraints for building projects within the architecture and construction field. The CTE concept taught in this lesson is stair layout and construction. Math concepts include measurement, slope, estimation, and tolerances.