Math, Who Needs It? WebQuest

A WebQuest for 7th Grade Math

Designed by

Louis J. Silva
ljsilva@egusd.net

Introduction | Task | Process | Evaluation | Conclusion | Credits | Teacher Page

The following WebQuest will give you an opportunity to explore a career and look at how math is used with that career.


Introduction

 

Imagine it's 30 years in the future and your daughter, Rene, approaches you and says that her school, Fibonacci middle school, is having their annual career day. Knowing that you want to be a good example for your daughter, you decide to do a presentation about your job. You read the school flyer and this year they are having an award for the best presentation that reflects the school focus, math. The award is called the "Math, Who Needs it? Award"

You want to win the award and show the students the value of learning and doing math.

So start early and begin your quest.........

 

 

 



The Task

Your task is to research your career, find the importance of math in your career, and prepare a Power Point presentation. Your Power Point presentation should answer the following questions:

1. What math classes are required in your career (job)?
2. What other classes or tests are required in your career (job)?
3. What do you do on a typical day?
4. How is math used in your career (job)?
5. What is the salary range of your career (job)?


The Process

You are the expert at your career, but its been a few years since you started the profession, so you need to explore your career to make sure you are up to date with your information.

  1. Look at each of the career links to help you find current information on a career.
  2. Occupational Handbook
    BLS Career Information
    Career Video Clips


  3. Find math classes and other classes for your career using college requirement pages.
  4. CSUS majors
    UC Davis majors
    US Colleges

  5. Find out what a typical day on the job would look like using the links from step 1.

  6. Find out how math is used on the job.
    Real World Math
    Online Math Applications
    Algebra in the Real World
    Applications of Mathematics

  7. Find out how much money someone earns for your job.
    Salary
  8. Make a Power Point presentation that includes a slide for each of the questions and label the title slide "Math, Who Needs It" with your career on the title slide. Don't forget to make your presentation colorful and exciting. Remember you want to win the best presentation award.

Slides:

a. SLIDE: Math, Who Needs It?
This slide should include your career and some pictures to get your audience interested.

b. SLIDE: What math classes are required in your career (job)?
Write a list of the math classes that are required in college (or professional school) for your career. Write the exact name of each class that is needed Calculus 1 is okay, but Math 21A is not). If your job doesn't need college, include the requirements to graduate from high school.

c. SLIDE: What other classes or tests are required in your career (job)?
Write a list of other classes that are required in college (or professional school) for your career. Include all of the special tests and classes that you need to take. If your job doesn't need college, include the requirements to graduate from high school.

d. SLIDE: What do you do on a typical day?
Describe a typical day on the job from beginning to end.  Be sure to include some daily encounters with fellow personnel, and when math is used throughout the day.


e. SLIDE: How is math used in your career (job)?
Explain how math is used when working in this career.  Describe when and where math is used.   Also explain how math is important for that career.


f. SLIDE: What is the salary range of your career (job)?
Write the salary range for your career. Include the starting salary to the highest salary someone can earn with this career

    Present your presentation to the class.....

 

 



Evaluation

You will be graded based on completing all of the requirements below:

Beginning

1

Developing

2

Accomplished

3

Exemplary

4

Score

 

Oral Presentation

 

 

Monotone; speaker seemed uninterested in material
Little eye contact; fast speaking rate, little expression, mumbling
Clear articulation of ideas, but apparently lacks confidence with material
Exceptional articulation of ideas

 

Spelling/Grammar

 

 

Multiple spelling and grammatical errors
Some spelling and grammatical errors
Few spelling and grammatical errors
No spelling and grammatical errors

 

Creativity

 

 

Power Point Slides presented with very little originality or creative thought
Power Point Slides presented with little originality or creative thought
Power Point Slides presented with originality or creative thought
Power Point Slides presented with exceptional originality or creative thought

 

Content

 

Unorganized and meet less than half of the requirements
Project meets half of the requirements; well organized
Project is well organized and meets most requirements
Project is well organized and meets all requirements



Conclusion

Congratulations!!!the results are in and you won the Math, Who Needs it? Award for all your hard work. You reflect on your work and are amazed at the amount of effort and schooling it took to do your career.

You go to work the next day and your boss found out that you did such a good job, the he gives you a promotion and raise......



Credits & References

Thanks to Microsoft Clip art for the graphics
Thanks to Taskstream for the template


 


Teacher Page

 

 
 

This WebQuest is for 7th-8th graders and designed to help students understand how math is important in the real world. Students research a career, find the importance of math in the career, and then present the results to their class.

 
 

 

2 weeks
Careers, Mathematics
   
7-8
   
Students will create a Power Point presentation based on a Career WebQuest.
   
CA- California K-12 Academic Content Standards
• Subject Career Technical Education (Grades 7 - 12)
• Industry Sector Education, Child Development, and Family Services
• Strand FOUNDATION STANDARDS
• Foundation Standard 3.0 Career Planning and Management Students understand how to make effective decisions, use career information, and manage personal career plans:
         
 Area 3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, knowledge, and skills necessary to succeed in careers.
         
 Area 3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for education, training, and licensure.
 Area 3.3 Develop a career plan that is designed to reflect career interests, pathways, and post secondary options.

 

 

 

 


Last updated on August 15, 1999. Based on a template from The WebQuest Page