Careers that Use Math in a Foundry

ACP Lesson Plan 

Title: Careers that use Math in a FoundryAuthor:  Monica Wagner
Subject(s):  Math
Grade Level(s): 5Total Time: 45 minutes

Overview / Description:

This lesson will be an introduction to the many areas where math is utilized in an iron foundry.

Learning goals/objectives:

After completing this activity, students should be able to . . .

  • Explain why math is important
  • Name a variety of jobs that use math with in a foundry
  • Provide examples of the types of math used with a job at a foundry

Workplace Readiness Skill: 

    Social Skills  x Communication 
x    Teamwork      x    Critical Thinking
   Attitude and Initiative    Planning and Organization
   Professionalism    Media Etiquette

Content Standards:

Wisconsin Standards for Mathematics

Number and Operations: Fractions

Apply and extend previous understandings of multiplication and division.

CCSS.Math.Content.5.NF.B.3. Interpret a fraction as division of the numerator by the denominator (a/b = a ÷ b). Solve word problems involving division of whole numbers leading to answers in the form of fractions or mixed numbers, e.g., by using visual fraction models or equations to represent the problem. 


Student worksheet and answer key:

Download: Jobs_in_a_Foundry.pdf

Foundry Jobs Powerpoint -  

Download: Foundry_Jobs_PP.pptx

Word Problems-Foundry Jobs assessment

Download: Word_Problems_-_Foundry_Jobs.pdf

Learning Activities:

WHO (T=Teacher Focus Lesson; WG=Whole Group\; SM=Small Group; I=Independent)

Learning Activity Task                                                WHO is responsible
for this step?
Approximate time
for task
Teacher will introduce the lesson by explaining her experience of job shadowing in a foundry. Teachers who haven't had this experience may watch the Waupaca Foundry introductory Video.T5 min
Students will then partner with the person to their left and answer the questions on the Jobs in a Foundry student worksheet (linked above) with their partner.  They should NOT talk to any other groupsSM20 min
Teacher will then lead the students through a discussion of the answers to the questions. Then class will watch and discuss the Powerpoint on jobs in a foundry (linked above). Pairs will then have the opportunity to go back to their worksheets and make any changes they need to.T/WG20 min
Students will finish the lesson by completing the attached assessment on word problems involving the use of fractions in foundry jobs.Ihomework


Formative Assessment - Small group answer sheet - teacher will solicit answers from students to check for understanding.

Summative Assessment - Word Problems - Foundry Jobs assessment linked above


  • Review what a foundry is and what jobs it provides.  Explain current salaries that people in a foundry may make.
  • Students could discuss other career areas and how math is significant for those careers as well.

Extension Activity (for intervention or enrichment):

  • Tour a foundry
  • Have speakers in the classroom from the foundry (Foundry in a box presentation)
  • Have each student or pair/group of students create their own word problem using the information found in the Powerpoint
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