## Contextual Mathematics Materials

**CORD Bridges to Algebra and Geometry: Mathematics in Context, **bridges the gap between abstract mathematical concepts and real-world applications. It integrates algebra and geometry while providing ongoing opportunities in critical thinking. CORD Bridges to Algebra and Geometry employs an interactive, workplace-centered approach to teaching the foundations of algebra and geometry. The program features hands-on math labs and cooperative group activities, giving students the opportunity to experience mathematical concepts. It answers the question "Why do I have to learn this?" by offering connections and applications to everyday life and emphasizing the use of math in the workplace.

**CORD Algebra 1: Learning in Context** employs an interactive, workplace-centered approach to teaching algebra concepts. CORD Algebra 1 teaches abstract concepts through concrete experiences. It can be used for various course offerings - algebra 1 over two years, block scheduling, and one-year algebra classes - because of its multiple packaging formats: single text, two-volumes, or chapter modules. CORD Algebra 1 integrates topics such as trigonometry, statistics, and probability. As topics are introduced and developed, students experience concepts through real-world applications. Video segments set the stage for each chapter by demonstrating how algebra is used in today's workplace. Hands-on math labs give students the opportunity to experience mathematical concepts. Connections and applications to everyday life answer the question "Why do I have to learn this?" by emphasizing the use of math in the workplace through multi-step exercises covering five occupational areas.

**CORD Algebra 2: Learning in Context** takes math from abstract concepts to concrete applications to which students can better relate. Students will see math at work in five key employment areas: Business and Marketing, Health Occupations, Industrial Technology, Family and Consumer Science, and Agriculture/Agribusiness. Course materials available are a hard cover student text, instructor's edition, instructor's resource book, laboratory data sheets, and assessment software.

**CORD Geometry: Learning in Context** is an innovative program that uses real-world, workplace applications and lab activities as the platform for teaching geometry. The course materials engage contextual learners in cooperative teams, allowing them to experience concepts while making math practical and relevant. CORD Geometry bridges the gap between abstract geometrical concepts and applications to the real world. It integrates geometry with ideas from algebra, probability, statistics, discrete mathematics, and trigonometry. It presents proof in paragraph, two-column, flow chart, indirect, coordinate, and transformational formats. Hands-on math labs and class activities allow students to experience mathematical concepts. Ongoing opportunities are provided through lesson development and exercises to improve critical thinking skills. CORD Geometry offers connections and applications to everyday life and emphasizes the use of math in the workplace through multi-step exercises covering five occupational areas.

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