Lesson Plan:

Career Math

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July 22, 2015
by Ginger Bruster
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July 22, 2015
by Ginger Bruster

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to determine how math is used in everyday life.


Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Gather students together and ask them to brainstorm ideas of what kind of occupation, a career or job, they might be interested in in the future.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)

  • Ask students to start thinking about how different occupations use math. For example: A teacher uses math when grading, teaching, figuring out amounts of materials for student to use, dividing students into groups, and designing lessons for a certain time period.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Have students talk about their ideas with each other.
  • Ask volunteers to share their ideas with the class.

Independent Working Time (15 minutes)

  • Send students back to their desks.
  • Tell students to write down at least three ways someone with their occupation of interest uses math.
  • Have students draw a picture of that person and color it.



  • Enrichment: Students who need more of a challenge may think of more than one occupation, and more ways math is used in that occupation, to write about and draw a picture of.
  • Support: Students who need extra help may partner up with another student to share ideas.


Assessment (5 minutes)

  • Read the student's reasoning on how a particular occupation uses math and observe their discussions with other students.

Review and Closing (5 minutes)

  • Have the class come back together as a group and ask for volunteers to share their occupation and how they would use math in that job.
  • Hang up or display pictures if desired.

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