Working Hands, Working Minds - Unit 4: Construction Related Math and Measurement
Author(s): Anne Meisenzahl and David Greene
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.
This unit addresses students' fears and doubts about mathematics while teaching concepts fundamental to the work site. Students develop an understanding of standard units, learn to convert units, to read a ruler, and practice finding area and perimeter. They are introduced to fundamental geometric concepts related to construction, as well as the tools used to find right angles.