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Volume 7, Number 39

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30 September 2002                               Vol. 7, No. 39

                   THE MATH FORUM INTERNET NEWS

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


                    TAKING AMERICA'S MEASURE

        http://www.nist.gov/public_affairs/kids/metric.htm

   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

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                    METRIC WEEK - T2T FAQ
              Math Forum, Teacher2Teacher Service

        http://mathforum.org/t2t/faq/faq.metric.html

   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.

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              FERMI OFF-THE-WALL MATH LEAGUE, YEAR 3
            Minnesota Intermediate School District 287

               http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/

   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
   project.

   Fermi League Rules and Scoring
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermirules.html

   Fermi Tips and Links
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermitips.html

   Sample Fermi problems and unique solutions
   http://www.int287.k12.mn.us/gifted/fermiarchive.html


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              MATHEMATICALLY SANE - NEW ARTICLES
 
                http://mathematicallysane.com

   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.
   http://mathematicallysane.com/analysis/trenches.asp

   The ARC Tri-State Student Achievement Study
     A comparison of mathematics achievement of students using
     reform curricula to those using traditional curricula.
   http://mathematicallysane.com/evidence/arc.asp

   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.
   http://mathematicallysane.com/evidence/satgap.asp

   Most Popular Articles
     A list of the most popular articles on the site.
   http://mathematicallysane.com/popular.asp
    
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