### Volume 22, Number 2

 ``` January 13, 2017 Vol. 22, No. 2 THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS 100th Day of School PARCC Releases Test Items | Winter Fermi Math League -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 100TH DAY OF SCHOOL http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.100.html 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 funâ€”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: http://mathforum.org/t2t/discuss/ Don't see the topic that most concerns you? Ask, by clicking through "Ask a Question": http://mathforum.org/t2t/ask/ -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 http://mathforum.org/pows/solution.htm?publication=4856 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- PARCC RELEASES TEST ITEMS http://parcconline.org/news-and-video/409- 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. https://prc.parcconline.org/assessments/parcc-released-items For performance-level descriptors (PLDs), tutorials, and other educator tools, check out http://parcconline.org/resources/educator-resources -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- 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 http://mathforum.org/kb/message.jspa?messageID=10062860 -|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|-\-/-|- WINTER FERMI MATH LEAGUE http://district287.org/fermi/ 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 http://mathforum.org/ Online PD http://mathforum.org/pd/ Online Workshops http://mathforum.org/workshops/ Ask Dr. Math http://mathforum.org/dr.math/ Problems of the Week http://mathforum.org/pows/ Powerful Problem Solving http://mathforum.org/pps/ Mathematics Library http://mathforum.org/library/ Math Tools http://mathforum.org/mathtools/ Teacher2Teacher http://mathforum.org/t2t/ Discussion Groups http://mathforum.org/kb/ Join the Math Forum http://mathforum.org/join.forum.html Ask Dr. Math Books http://mathforum.org/pubs/dr.mathbooks.html Facebook https://www.facebook.com/themathforumatnctm/ Blogs http://mathforum.org/blogs/pows/ Twitter Feed http://mathforum.org/pd/twitter.html SEND COMMENTS TO: http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/mfin.faq.html#feedback _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 http://mathforum.org/electronic.newsletter/ ```