# Numeracy

## Think Aloud in Mathematics [Video - 6:09] (2010)

This video features literacy educator Kate Nonesuch, explaining how an instructor can use thinking aloud to help adults learn math.

She uses a math problem that involves determining what percentage one number is of another. As she looks at the problem, she discusses aloud the points the problem raises; estimates her answer; and draws a diagram to help in her calculations.

## Solving Equations Part 1 - Practice [Video - 8:58] (2011)

A learner can use this video tutorial to practise solving simple equations.

The tutorial includes three equations. Learners are asked to pause the video, solve the equations on their own, and then restart it to see the instructor’s solutions.

## Solving Equations Part 1 - Concept [Video - 13:12] (2011)

This video tutorial provides an introduction to mathematical equations.

The instructor explains that an equation contains an “equals” sign and must be solved for a variable. The goal is to make the left side of the equation equal to the right side.

The instructor solves a number of increasingly complex equations, providing step-by-step instructions for each one.

## Lesson Plan - Numeracy: Pie Charts and Bar Graphs (2012)

With this lesson plan, a tutor can help someone learn how pie charts and bar graphs are used, and how to interpret and make them.

The lesson is centred on a hypothetical poll of people’s preferred breakfast food. Activities include expressing the results as either percentages or fractions; showing the results in both a pie chart and a bar graph; and answering questions about the data.

## Geometry Part 3 – Volume - Practice [Video - 6:17] (2011)

This video tutorial gives learners the chance to practise their skills at calculating the volume of rectangular solids.

It includes three problems, all based on a rectangular box. The learner is asked to pause the video, work out the problems, and then restart the video to see the instructor’s detailed solutions.

## Geometry Part 3 – Volume - Concept [Video - 13:25] (2011)

This video tutorial provides an introduction to the concept of volume in geometry. The instructor explains that volume is the amount of space an object takes up. For example, the amount of space available for storage inside a box is the volume of that box.

Volume is always measured in cubic units and involves calculations that include the three dimensions of length, width and height.

## Brighter Futures Project: Building on Family Literacy Programs by Incorporating Essential Skills (2012)

This manual grew out of a research project undertaken by an Alberta adult learning association, to examine the incorporation of Essential Skills into a family literacy program.

The project focused specifically on the Essential Skills of computer use and numeracy. A curriculum was developed and was piloted in three rural communities in Alberta.

## Submission to the Task Force on Financial Literacy (2010)

The Task Force on Financial Literacy was established in 2009 by the Government of Canada to consult with individuals and organizations across the country on how best to address the gaps in Canadians’ financial knowledge.

In this presentation to the task force, the authors begin by noting that a lack of financial literacy strikes hard at those already made vulnerable by poverty and unemployment.

## Geometry Part 2 – Area - Practice [Video – 6:58] (2011)

Learners can use this video tutorial to practise their skills at calculating the area of a shape.

It includes three sample problems that involve either a rectangle, a triangle or a circle. The learner is asked to pause the video to work out the problems on his own and then restart it to see the instructor’s solutions.

## Geometry Part 2 – Area - Concept [Video - 19:04] (2011)

This video introduces the concept of area, which the instructor explains is simply the amount of surface an object covers.

He focuses primarily on right-angle triangles, rectangles and circles, calculating the area for one example of each of those shapes.

He points out that in order to calculate the areas of those shapes, it is essential to know and remember the necessary equations.