http://www.howstuffworks.com/ - I've posted this link before.
The site keeps getting better. Some time ago, they gave me full
permission to use their information for developing plans. You might
ask them as well. The
explanations do not always use simple language. You have to sift
through, finding areas of interest to the student, but you will
always find something. I've learned how to do lots of things using
- This page is a description of curricula developed to integrate
math into welding. It isn't a student site, but it has great ideas
for instructors who want to design welding projects with students.
http://www.plumbingsupply.com/pluminfo.html What kind of math is used in plumbing? Scroll
down their page.
http://mathforum.org/~sarah/hamilton/ Math to build on. The language is
relatively simple. With some help, this has some great ways of integrating math
into building projects
- From the site: "Working Hands, Working Minds is a construction training curriculum developed
by YouthBuild USA with funding from the Charles Stewart Mott Foundation. The
curriculum is designed to facilitate academic learning in an applied context.
Essential reading, writing, and math skills are taught in an introduction to the
construction trades. Through activities, community research projects, workplace
exploration, group projects, role-plays and games, students are introduced to
key construction-related skills and concepts. Working Hands, Working Minds
is designed to be used collaboratively by classroom and vocational teachers to
demonstrate the interrelationship between construction and academics." The
lessons are all there in PDF form for students who want to complete them. All
http://www.dmacc.edu/skillsguide/grids/g-automech.htm#math - Go down the
left column with students that want to be auto mechanics
West Side Area Vocational Technical School
This is not a polished, spiffy website, but the information on it is valuable
for students considering technical fields. (Standards from the Pennsylvania Department of Education.)
Example of information for Auto Mechanics:
Similar information is listed for a number of other disciplines:
Auto Body, Building Construction, Computer Networking and Security, Computer
Programming, Computer Repair and Maintenance, Co-operative Education ,
Cosmetology, Culinary Arts , Data Processing, Electrical, Health Related
Technologies, Law Enforcement, Machine Shop, Marketing, Multimedia Technologies,
http://ths.sps.lane.edu/biomes/index1.html - "Scientists have
developed the term Biome to describe areas on the earth with similar
climate, plants, and animals. These Web pages were developed by
approximately seventy 9th grade students at Thurston High School in
Springfield, Oregon in 1997. This was an integrated Science,
Literature, and Health project in periods 3, 4, and 5." Since these
were written by students the language is not convoluted. ABE and
advanced ESL students should be able to read the information. The
pages are not professionally developed: yellow Times Roman against
blue sometimes! So why not do a copy/paste trick into Word, change the font to
Arial 12 or 14, and you have yourself a great reading lesson. All
you have to do is add the math and writing. For example, you can
take sentences like the following and turn them into math practice:
- "The marine biome covers three fourths of
the earth and there are hundreds of different fish to cover each
square foot of it."
- "The arctic fox can grow up to
46-68 cm long (18-26 3/4 in.) with a tail of 35 cm long (13 3/4
in). The caribou can grow up to 1.2-2.2 m with a tail of 10-21
cm. The musk ox grows up to 1.9-2.3 m, their tails 9-10 cm."
- "In July the temperature was 17.9 degrees
Celsius and in December of that same year it was 22.4 degrees
Celsius. The rainfall each month varies, sometimes the savannah
gets a large amount of rain and sometimes it gets very little.
For example in June and July 5.1 inches of rain fell and in
April 40.1 inches fell."
http://www.artcyclopedia.com/ - A guide to great art on the Internet.
http://www.sedl.org/scimath/compass/v04n02/ - The music of
math, From Southwest Educational Development Laboratory. Very cool.
Click on the NEXT button and check the different sections. Again,
these are instructions to be used with students. Not designed
specifically for adults, but they'll work well with adults.
http://www.bced.gov.bc.ca/careers/aa/lessons/tpc7.htm - From
British Columbia, lots of information for audiologists with
activities for students.
- "Experts say that for every 20 lbs. of bodyweight, you should only
carry 3 lbs. in your backpack. This equals 15%. Other
recommendations go as low as 6% of your body weight. Doctors say
that heavy loads can cause shoulder pain or lower-back pain. We find
this study to be so important that we have weighed almost all of the
students at GA--that's over 800 students and their backpacks!"
Basic Concepts of Diagnostic Ultrasound1 - Click on the Curriculum
Unit link at the bottom
- "Show what you’ve learned about health and wellness. Choose a
technology option and complete an activity for your health class.
Learn the basics of some essential software programs and see how you
can organize, polish, and present assignments while incorporating
the latest computer technologies." I love this site. Talk about
creative! Students can follow instructions pretty easily and use
computers to do it!
http://www.uen.org/Lessonplan/preview?LPid=214 - Safety lesson
plan. It takes some planning, but it seems like a good activity for
students interested in Occupational Health and Safety.
http://www.npl.uiuc.edu/%7Ea-nathan/pob/ Full of links with Power Point and
other visuals on the physics of baseball. GED stuff, not ABE or ESL.
http://www.todaysmilitary.com/app/tm/ Military info for
students, parents and teachers.
http://www.manuelsweb.com/nursing.htm -Nursing calculations
http://www.hearth.com/fuelcalc/findoil.html - Fuel cost calculator
http://hearth.com/calc/btucalc.html - BTU calculator. What are
the heating needs in a given space?
http://www.101science.com/math.htm - Click on Calculators and
Calculations. Or any of the other great links there.
http://www.workplacebasicskills.com/begin.htm - Students should have
knowledge of what is required in the workplace. Knowledge is power.
Isn't it...? I think SCANS still provides the best checklist for
workplace skills, but there are other good ones. What I find
rewarding about using workplace skills as a guide for students is
that they can clearly see how much they are learning in addition to
what is tested: thinking skills, teamwork, and much more! Below is
http://online.onetcenter.org/skills/ - "Select skills from one
or more of the six skill groups." The site has many tools that
students can use and are encouraged to use on the home page:
http://www.mapping-your-future.org/planning/ - "Mapping Your
Future" - Students can follow a number of links to resources in
planning a career.
http://www.careerclusters.org/ - Never hurts to list this one
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