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30 September 2002                               Vol. 7, No. 39


                 Taking America's Measure - NIST
  Fermi Off-The-Wall Math League - Year 3 | Mathematically Sane

                    TAKING AMERICA'S MEASURE

   Celebrate National Metric Week, October 6-12, 2002, using
   some of the resources on this web site sponsored by the
   National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).

   Resources include:

     - Metric Pyramid
     - Metric Fast Facts for Sports
     - Metric in the Kitchen
     - All You Will Need to Know About Metric
     - Metric Conversion Tools
     - Word Find
     - Hidden Pictures
     - Riddles
     - Word Scramble
     - Metric Measures
     - Crossword Puzzle
     - Tall to Small Tale
     - Snapshots in Time


                    METRIC WEEK - T2T FAQ
              Math Forum, Teacher2Teacher Service

   From the Math Forum's Teacher2Teacher service, answers to
   a frequently asked question: What are some activities I can
   use for Metric Week?

   Suggestions include techniques to use to help students,
   archived T2T conversations on the subject, resources from
   the archives of Ask Dr. Math, books for reference, and links
   to relevant Web sites.


            Minnesota Intermediate School District 287


   Solve new open-ended problems every week, view hints, and
   see outstanding solutions to previous problems.

   A Fermi question
     - is posed with limited information given
     - demands communication
     - utilizes estimation
     - emphasizes process rather than "the" answer

   Year 3, Session 1 will start October 7, 2002, and will run
   for six weeks. To submit solutions online, register with an
   entry fee of $25 per person per session. An individual, a
   pair or a team of four may register for this Internet-based

   Fermi League Rules and Scoring

   Fermi Tips and Links

   Sample Fermi problems and unique solutions



   Mathematically Sane, a site promoting the rational reform of
   mathematics education, has recently added these articles:

   In the Trenches: Three Teachers' Perspectives on Moving Forward
     An analysis by Susan Brown, Antoinette Seidelmann,
     and Gwendolyn Zimmermann.

   The ARC Tri-State Student Achievement Study
     A comparison of mathematics achievement of students using
     reform curricula to those using traditional curricula.

   The SAT Gap
     An article from the New York Times outlining the continuing
     improvement in mathematics achievement on the SAT and other
     nationally-administered tests.

   Most Popular Articles
     A list of the most popular articles on the site.

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