Careers that Use Math in a Foundry
ACP Lesson Plan
Title: Careers that use Math in a Foundry  Author: Monica Wagner 
Subject(s): Math  
Grade Level(s): 5  Total 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.
Materials:
Student worksheet and answer key:
Foundry Jobs Powerpoint 
Word ProblemsFoundry Jobs assessment
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.  T  5 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 groups  SM  20 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/WG  20 min 
Students will finish the lesson by completing the attached assessment on word problems involving the use of fractions in foundry jobs.  I  homework 
Assessment:
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
WrapUp:
 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