Communication and Problem Solving
Convey Ideas in Writing
- Understanding Language Registers as a Means to More Effective Communication
Learners become familiar with registers of language through class discussion and exposure to examples of a common fairy tale written in two different registers. Working in small groups, learners then translate a story into two different registers.
- Realtor Role-Play
Following a visit from a local realtor, adult learners play the role of realtors with other classmates as the prospective home buyers. The "realtors" determine questions to ask the prospective home buyer so that they can help the "home buyers" find the home best suited to their needs and wants. "Realtors" will use appropriate communication skills to clarify the information with the "clients."
- Writing a Job Pamphlet
Individual students will take their research notes and design a pamphlet describing the occupation they are interested in and the facts about it.
- Typing, Reproducing, and Distributing the Job Pamphlet
Learners will use a word processing program to make a job pamphlet that is suitable for reproduction.
- Communicating at Work: Facilitating Good Communication
Workers use role play to become more aware of the need for good communication skills. After such skills are modeled by the teacher in the course of the lesson and workers have a chance to discuss them, workers plan how they will try to practice the skills on the job.
- Improving writing through the use of imagery
This activity leads learners through the process of adding detail to sentence starters to create mental images of what they are writing. This activity will help to improve writing assignments regardless of the subject matter by drawing on the experiences of the learners and using these experiences to vary and expand the vocabulary they use in writing.
- Writing a formal thank you letter
Learners research various formats for writing thank you letters in resource books and through a provided Internet site. They use these resources to write a thank you letter to a recent outside speaker who visited their class.
- Proofreading and Revising Articles for a Class Newsletter
Learners submit their newsletter articles and a newsletter team proofreads them. Revisions are suggested. Writers revise their articles. Using a template from a word processing program, articles are typed in final form.
- Writing an Article for a Class Newsletter
Learners choose a topic about which to write for a class newsletter. In order to prepare for the article, they must choose the type of article they will write (hard news, features, announcements, and opinions/personal reflections) and make a list of the 5 Ws and 1 H: Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How. If an interview is involved, the learner formulates possible questions.
- Creating an Effective Resume
Participants learn to assess their skills and document their employment history through the preparation of a resume.
- Encouraging others in class, in the workplace, in the home
To encourage each other and practice writing skills, each learner writes a letter of encouragement to a classmate.
- Entrepreneurship: Is it For Me?
After a general introduction to entrepreneurship and business plans in the first lesson of this series, learners attempt to determine what personal factors to consider in deciding if the time is right to become an entrepreneur. Learners write a resume, a statement of net worth, and life plans
- Entrepreneurship: What Business am I in?
In this activity, learners create goals and mission statements for their businesses and define the services they will provide.
- Entrepreneurship: Will it Work?
After a general introduction to entrepreneurship and business plans in the first lesson of this series, learners attempt to determine what personal factors to consider in deciding if the time is right to become an entrepreneur. In this learning activity, potential entrepreneurs examine the feasibility study, marketing strategies, proposal, and the local census data.
Cooperate With Others
- Brainstorming Job Ideas
As a class, learners will brainstorm ideas for different kinds of jobs. From this list of ideas, each learner will choose one job or career to research further.
- Choosing an Appropriate Employment Ad
Working individually and using the classified ads of a local newspaper, learners read descriptions of people's goals, interests, experience, and skills, then find an appropriate employment ad for that person. Next, learners find an appropriate ad for themselves.
Learn Through Research
- Building Memories
In order for the learners to understand the value a photograph holds for a potential customer and that customer's family, the learners will observe the impact of photographs on their own family by creating and laying out the design of a family photo album.
- Creating a job resource center
Learners will work together to create a bulletin board display for their classroom which is a Job Resource Center containing information and ideas for job search.
- Job Research for a Job Pamphlet
Learners will use a variety of resources to research a job that interests them.
- Using the Public Library for Career Search
ABE/GED students are introduced to the public libraries and research a question they have regarding career choice.
- Increased productivity
Learners work in small groups using several different methods to sharpen pencils. The methods used will show how production can be increased based on the methods used and the time consumed. Each group of learners writes a report detailing their findings.
- Entrepreneurship: How to Begin
This learning activity will introduce the idea of entrepreneurship and starting a business. Through discussion and research followed by a guest speaker, learners will begin to define and understand a business plan and its components.
- Statistical sampling
Learners collect data in the field and analyze it in class using tables and graphs to determine how many observations of a phenomenon are necessary in order to draw reasonably valid conclusions about it. Learners discover the power of statistical sampling in searching for information.
- Utilizing Individual Resources in Everyday Problem Solving
Learners will utilize their understanding of individual resources gained from the previous learning activity to determine the individual resources that people in scenarios presented by the instructor have to use in problem solving. Learners then apply their own list of individual resources to problem solve scenarios of their own creation.
Read with understanding
Reflect and Evaluate
- Increased comprehension with the use of imagery
This activity leads learners through the process of forming mental images of what they read in order to improve reading comprehension using, as three examples, the written directions for using a whetstone to sharpen a knife, a short news story of interest, and then a paragraph from a literary work.
- Understanding the News
Students learn to identify types of news stories by reading newsletters and newspapers. They will be able to categorize stories by type.
- Statistics: Reading and Interpreting Production Graphs
Participants learn how to interpret and create different types of graphs. Participants will analyze data presented in charts to complete assignments. They will then work as a group to devise a project in which they will develop surveys to test a certain hypothesis. The group will design appropriate graphic illustrations and make a presentation before the class.
- Interpreting Workplace Memos and Notices
The participants will read company memos and write summary sentences while working as part of a group.
- Placement and Organization of Employment Ads
Using actual complete newspapers, learners work sometimes individually and sometimes on teams to find the classified section in the newspaper; find the employment ads within the classified's; note the categories into which jobs are organized; and practice categorizing and organizing specific employment ads.
- Understanding Content Vocabulary in Employment Ads
Working in small groups, learners use worksheets and the classified ads in a local newspaper to improve their ability to interpret newspaper employment ads by learning to read and understand commonly used content vocabulary (phrases and abbreviations).
- Determining Needs vs. Wants
After a discussion on needs vs. wants in home buying, learners write a detailed description of their dream home. The learners then categorize each of their listed home features as a need or a want.
- Understanding and Identifying Individual Resources
Through discussion and contemplation, learners identify their own individual resources in the categories of financial, emotional, mental, spiritual, physical, support systems, role models, and knowledge of hidden rules.
Speak so others can understand
Use information and Communications Technology
Using Math to Solve Problems & Communicate
- Industrial measurement: Using the industrial ruler
Participants learn how to use the special ruler currently used for precise measurement in industrial settings. In this lesson, learners will work individually to analyze whether given objects would meet the correct specifications required for a particular manufactured product.
- Industrial measurement: Using calipers to assess acceptable dimensions
Participants learn how to use the calipers currently used for precise measurement in industrial settings. In this lesson, learners will work individually to analyze whether given objects would meet the correct specifications required for a particular manufactured product.
- Industrial measurement: Using micrometers in the workplace
Participants learn how to use the micrometers presently used for precise measurement in industrial settings. In this lesson, students will work individually to analyze whether given objects would meet the correct specifications required for a particular manufactured product.
- Math skills for everyday: Filling out income tax forms
Using actual tax forms, students learn how to accurately figure their own income taxes, and read and fill out the proper forms.
- Statistics: Determining Mean, Range, Median, Mode and Probability
This lesson teaches how to calculate mean, median, range, mode and probability. As a class, learners explore the differences in meaning among mean, range, median, and mode. Then working in teams, they use data from their workplace to compute values for these terms. Finally the class explores the term “probability” using a die.
- Making a Circle Graph of a Sample Budget
As a small group, learners categorize expenses, calculate what percent of the total income is spent in each category, change percents to degrees, measure each piece of the "pie" and cut out construction paper to assemble a pie graph.