Lesson Description: 

This lesson is the sixth of nine lessons from the Vocational Math: Contextualized for Construction course that was taught at Madison Area Technical College. During this lesson students work in groups, followed by whole class discussion, on volume problems contextualized for construction. The class starts out by following up from Lesson 5 and demonstrating how to calculate the Pythagorean theorem allowing the Construction Master Calculator to 'do the work.' Students then work through a 3-act-math problem to practice finding the volume of a cylinder. Discussion about the units for volume and converting between cubic inches, cubic feet, and cubic yards is followed by two contextualized volume problems - one that looks at pouring concrete cylinders for deck support columns, and the other for pouring a concrete slab for a shed.

The expected total time for the lesson is 117 minutes. Lesson materials needed include a geometry formula sheet, example volume box with 27 cubes, crush test cylinder of concrete (optional), foam cubes that are the following dimensions: 1 cubic inch, 1 cubic foot, 1 cubic yard, and a blueprint of one of the sheds that requires an 8’ x 10’ concrete slab. Students will need to bring a Construction Master Calculator.

Lesson Contents:

Lesson materials include one student lesson, two completed lessons from class, instructor notes/guide, and two homework keys. Also included are materials from the Popcorn Picker, a 3-act math task that is also available to view separately. The 6-page student guide includes objectives and problem situations.

The 15-page instructor guide includes prerequisite assumptions, competencies, notes, objectives, answers to problem situations, and more. 

For orientation purposes the Lesson-6-Pouring-Concrete-Student PDF is included as a separate attachment and offers a sample of the type of material included in this learning module.

Below is a list of the folders contained within the .zip attachment. The size of each file is included in parenthesis. 

Lesson 6_Pouring Concrete (9 files, 32.1 MB)

  • Act 1 - Popcorn Picker Video (act1.mov 4.2 MB)
  • Act 3 - Popcorn Picker Video (act3.mov 5.3 MB)
  • Homework Key (Hmk-6-key 413 KB)
  • Lesson Act 2 Work (Lesson-6-Act-2-Work 19.5 MB)
  • Lesson Bonus Homework Solutions (Lesson-6-Bonus-HW-solutions-scaled.jpg 693 KB)
  • In Class Notes (Lesson-6-In-Class-Notes 1.1 MB)
  • Instructor Lesson Guide (Lesson-6-Pouring-Concrete-Instructor 590 KB)
  • Student Lesson Guide (Lesson-6-Pouring-Concrete-Student 275 KB)
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