Part of Unit: Agricultural Concrete and Masonry Practices
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
This lesson is designed to give the students the basic knowledge and skills needed to pour, place, finish and correctly cure a common concrete slab, introducing the students to common concrete tools, terms, and practices associated with concrete work. At the end of the lesson the class will have the opportunity to apply all skills / procedures learned throughout the lesson on a concrete slab (patio or sidewalk) on the school campus or school farm.
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ANR.B.B6.3 Complete a concrete or masonry project, including developing a bill of materials...
- ANR.FS.11.0 Demonstration and Application
- ANR.FS.5.1 Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills to wor...
- ANR.FS.5.3 Use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions and solve problems.
- ANR.FS.7.1 Understand the qualities and behaviors that constitute a positive and profession...
- ANR.FS.7.2 Understand the importance of accountability and responsibility in fulfilling per...
- ANR.FS.7.3 Understand the need to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities.
- ANR.FS.7.5 Understand the importance of time management to fulfill responsibilities.
- ANR.FS.7.6 Know how to apply high-quality craftsmanship to a product or presentation and co...
- ANR.FS.9.1 Understand the characteristics and benefits of teamwork, leadership, and citizen...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.3 Generate relevant questions about readings on issues that can be researched.2
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.5 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis...3
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.6 Demonstrate use of sophisticated learning tools by following technical direction...2
Pouring, Finishing and Curing a Concrete Slab or Sidewalk
- 5 Hours
- Pour Activity
- 1 Day
Activities in this Lesson
- Daily Concrete Tool Identification - Hooks / Set
As the students enter the classroom, they take their seats and settle down. Have the various concrete tools displayed at front of the class. Note- The concrete tools presented need to be the tools you plan on covering within that class period. Take roll and have a discussion with the students about the tools, short stories - triggering their prior knowledge. Then proceed into the lesson.
- Placing, Finishing and Curing Concrete - Lecture
The Placing, Finishing and Curing Concrete Powerpoint is comprised of 35 slides covering the common steps in concrete work (pre-pour, pouring, tamping, screeding, floating, jointing, edging, finishing and curing).
- Placing, Finishing and Curing Concrete- Power Point [ Download ] Basic instruction and tool I.D. on pouring a concrete slab or sidewalk.
- Activity- Concrete Slab or Sidewalk - Group Work
Plan ahead and find a spot on campus or on the school farm to pour a concrete slab or sidewalk. Get the entire class involved in all the steps required within the pour; clearing the pour site, setting up the forms, calculating the cubic yards needed, calculating the amount of sand, gravel and portland cement required, and calculate the total bill of materials needed for the pour. Have the students mix, perform slump tests, pour, tamp, screed, float, edge, joint, and finish the slab. Talk to administration or school maintenance on a possible pour site and possible funding for the project. Recommend at least a 2-3 cubic yard pour, allowing all students to participate in all the concrete steps and processes. Teacher needs to decide if the pour is going to be mixed with an engine/electric driven cement mixer or a ready mix truck. *If mixing and pouring by cement mixer allow more time to complete, than by concrete truck (ready mix). If the instructor is inexperienced in concrete work, recommend having the maintenance department within the school to help the instructor and students throughout the project (from start to finish).