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Contextual Teaching Materials

CORD has developed both science and mathematics instructional materials based on the contextual teaching approach. Explore our series for high school students below.

Contextual Science Instructional Materials

ABC Technologies

This student-oriented, hands-on curriculum teaches science skills that students use to solve real-world problems. The eight curriculum modules stress critical thinking and problem solving skills, science and math skills, and personal skills used in business. The modules can be used as a complete one-year course, or integrated into existing courses for additional contextual learning opportunities. Learn more about the series.

Physics in Context

Physics in Context (PIC) is a one-year course integrating the four energy systems of mechanical, fluid, electrical, and thermal. Instructional materials include a hardcover text, lab manual, student journal, and instructor's guide. PIC meets physics concepts required by many states; contains a computerized lab assessment component; integrates physics with technology, including computer interfacing and electronic data-collection tools; marries physics concepts with contextual teaching; and has over 50 hands-on labs. Learn more about the course.

Contextual Mathematics Instructional Materials

CORD Bridges to Algebra and Geometry

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. Learn more about the course.

CORD Algebra I: Learning in Context

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. 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. Learn more about the course.

CORD Algebra 2: Learning in Context

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 are available in digital formats at competitive prices. Learn more about the course.

CORD Geometry: Learning in Context

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. Learn more about the course.

Math That Works

How do you support students who struggle to grasp the pre-algebra skills needed for the future? CORD’s Math That Works is a set of six student modules—covering fractions; decimals and percents; exponents and scientific notation; expressions, variables and constants; equations; and integers—that meet the problem head-on. Used as a series or individually, math concepts such as fractions, decimals and percents are presented in easy-to-understand methods and brought to life with real-world, hands-on lab activities. Pilot-proven to improve test scores and help at-risk students. Learn more about the series.