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 January 13, 2017                                Vol. 22, No. 2


                       100th Day of School
      PARCC Releases Test Items | Winter Fermi Math League


                       100TH DAY OF SCHOOL


 In the coming weeks, many students will be attending school
 for the 100th day this school year. The 100th day can be a lot
 of fun—and a teachable moment! Counting up to 100 for the
 100th day of school presents many opportunities to investigate
 place value with your students. The Math Forum has selected
 discussions and web resources to make the 100th Day of School
 a memorable experience.

 This FAQ comes from Teacher2Teacher (T2T). Now entering its
 20th year, our peer-mentored question-and-answer service
 offers more than a dozen other FAQs, several lesson ideas, and
 a virtual lounge to talk about teaching math:


 Don't see the topic that most concerns you? Ask, by clicking
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    PoW taking place: Math problem-solving moment of the week

 "Danny P. from Johnson Middle School ... tested numbers on
 each side of all those points, and showed on the number line
 whether the product was positive (+) or negative (-). Here's
 what his visual looked like:.... Cool, huh? Elias S. from
 Lincoln School tackled the problem in a slightly 
 different way...."

 - Max, commenting on the Algebra PoW's Latest Solution


                    PARCC RELEASES TEST ITEMS

parcc-releases-2015-16-test-items-for-grades-3-8 The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) recently released hundreds of authentic test items from its 2015-16 math assessments. Department of Defense schools, the Bureau of Indian Education, the District of Columbia, and these states participated in last year's tests: - Colorado - Illinois - Louisiana - Maryland - Massachusetts - New Jersey - New Mexico - Rhode Island Intended to help students, teachers, and parents prepare for PARCC's upcoming spring assessments, these PDFs represent approximately one full test per grade level. They come with sample student responses, scoring rubrics, learning standards guidelines, alignments, and other documents. For performance-level descriptors (PLDs), tutorials, and other educator tools, check out -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- Now taking place: Math education conversation of the day "My district is looking into accelerating all in 8th as well. May I ask what type of accommodations you have made to the grade 7 curriculum to prepare the kids?" - Karol, posted to the secondary (grades 9-12) discussion group of the Association of Math Teachers of New York State -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WINTER FERMI MATH LEAGUE Do your students like to measure, estimate, and play around with technology? Then introduce them to the Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League Program! The examples that follow are Fermi questions because they are posed with limited information: - How many water balloons would it take to fill grandma's bathtub? - How many cockroaches will fill the trunk of a Volkswagen Beetle? - How much fabric would it take to make a camouflage suit for Moby Dick? - How many eggs would fit in the body of the Trojan horse? Fermi questions require that students ask many more questions. They also emphasize process rather than "the" answer; demand communication and writing; and use estimating, rounding, and guessing. The Fermi Off-the-Wall Math League Program welcomes students in grades 1-9 who seek enrichment; small-group work; and creative, technology-rich experiences. Register now for this "supervised math mayhem"; the six-week Winter '17 season begins January 31. -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- CHECK OUT OUR WEB SITE: The Math Forum at NCTM Online PD Online Workshops Ask Dr. Math Problems of the Week Powerful Problem Solving Mathematics Library Math Tools Teacher2Teacher Discussion Groups Join the Math Forum Ask Dr. Math Books Facebook Blogs Twitter Feed SEND COMMENTS TO: _o \o_ __| \ / |__ o _ o/ \o/ __|- __/ \__/o \o | o/ o/__/ /\ /| | \ \ / \ / \ /o\ / \ / \ / | / \ / \ An archive of all the Math Forum newsletters and directions for subscribing can be found at

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