MY APPROACH TO TEACHING and to the offered UNITS on this website is to pepper the worksheets (and, optionally, the quizzes) with informational guides that serve as text-book-like how-to instructions. How the teacher puts it all together is left to that teacher's unique approach to teaching. In other words, these offerings are PROBLEM-BASED and not lesson-plan based. The difference is profound. I do not pretend to know how you should speak to your students and refuse to offer canned lesson plans--the material will serve as your own guide as well as for the students themselves.
This is an unusual unit in that it dives into word problems, some of which are quite original. My intention here is that remedial and at-risk students are not all the same. Some of them are actually very, very good at tackling problems and are, in fact, enthusiastic students. It's very rewarding to see them successfully approach problems that they never thought they could master. Discussed here are several types of word problems that span several grades.
INCLUDED is a TEACHER's GUIDE of every teaching reference utilized by the enclosed problems as well as every (large) diagram needed by the problems. From this alone the unit can be thought through and designed. Also included is a SPECIAL RUN of level 1 (simplest) problems that basically provides you with a preview of each of the skills.
FOUR possible sets of worksheets are included (5, 10, 15 or 20 problems in each of the 6 main skill areas for a total of 30, 60, 90 or 120 problems).
SEVEN possible quizzes (each with 10 problems) are also included--2 at a level 2 (easiest), 2 at a 2 and 3 level (a mix of easiest and more average), 2 at a level 3 (average) and 1 at a combined level of 3 and 4 (most difficult).
Look at the PREVIEW to see what order the 6 skills are in and the possible approach taken. Also, the 4 snapshots can help determine if this is or is not for you. Furthermore, send me an email if you have a question.
[The problems in All WORKSHEETS and PREVIEWS are printed in difficulty (1 [easy], 2 [not so easy], 3 [proficiency] up to 4 [mastery]) order within a skill. The actual difficulty level appears slightly to the left of the DK box of each problem in a very small font. Also, instructional references appear on worksheets but are optional on quizzes.]
One more thing: all of these materials were created using my usual database because I was given the task in 2011 of teaching Applied Math to at-risk kids. The problem was that they, as a group, have a very hard time with on-line math courses and my school wanted to offer an alternative. This unit, then, is the result of several years' worth of tweaking.
BUNDLES: The entire 1st semester course is posted here as: HS [Remedial] Applied Math I FULL textbook-less course (BUNDLE)
The prior unit of this course is Unit 3: Similarity Concepts
and the next is Unit 5: CENTRAL TENDENCY
You might also want to check out the the Grade 9-12 Summary
, the HS [Remedial] Applied Math I Sampler: (textbook-less course)
HS [Remedial] Applied Math II Sampler: (textbook-less course)