Mathematics Classroom Resources

CORD's original mathematics curriculum, CORD Applied Mathematics, enabled thousands of high school students to master algebra and geometry concepts in a meaningful way, through a variety of concrete experiences and occupational contexts. Today, Applied Mathematics is still available in its 40-module series, and has been joined by four new CORD mathematics programs in the contextual arena.

*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:* Mathematics 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 Geometry:* Mathematics 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.

Visit the Learning in Context website for more mathematics resources.

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