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CareerStart lessons: Grade six

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These lessons will help students understand how classroom lessons about numbers and operations, measurement, geometry, data analysis and probability, and algebra are applicable to future careers.

The lessons address the following questions:

  • Lesson #1: How do law enforcement professionals use basic math operations on the job?
  • Lesson #2: Why is it important for successful caterers to know how to perform operations with fractions?
  • Lesson #3: How are sales commissions calculated in retail and service careers?
  • Lesson #4: Why would a meteorologist need to understand integers, graphs, and spreadsheets?
  • Lesson #5: How does math relate to art and architecture?
  • Lesson #6: How do toymakers and marketing professionals use scale drawings?
  • Lesson #7: How do biologists use diagrams and Punnett squares to calculate probability?
  • Lesson #8: Why are probabilities important to doctors and other medical professionals?
  • Lesson #9: How are calculations of area useful when repairing and renovating homes?
  • Lesson #10: How do general contractors calculate the area of plane figures to build a house?

Lessons and relevant careers

Concept/Lesson Career Activity
1. Operations with decimals Law enforcement Small group discussion, operations with decimals
2. Fractions Food service Catering activity
3. Percents of a number Sales careers Small group discussion, sales commission calculations
4. Mean, median, mode data analysis Meteorology Student reading, temperature calculations, and spreadsheet/line graph
5. Measurement Art and architecture Student reading and “divine proportion” measurement activity
6. Scale drawings Marketing and graphic design Scale drawing problem, reflection paper
7. Probability Biology Genetic probability calculations
8. Probability Medical careers: pediatrics and geriatrics Medical probability calculations
9. Area Home construction/renovation Home renovation project calculations
10. Area General contracting, architecture, home design Home design activity, reflection paper