Health Science: Back to Basics

Health Science: Back to Basics

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.

Back to Basics is a sample Health Science lesson created by a CTE and math teacher team from Missouri. The lesson’s objective is to teach students how to make conversions between metric and U.S. standard measurements and the apothecary system of measurements used in the healthcare field. The CTE concept taught in this lesson is medical math—in particular, unit conversions. Math concepts include unit conversions, ratios, proportions, and exponents.