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Esther D Leonelli

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CROSSPOST: Math Forum Internet News No. 10.40 (3 Oct 2005) (fwd)
Posted: Oct 4, 2005 12:40 PM
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Some ideas for October -- Metric Week -- 10/10/05

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Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2005 07:13:09 -0400
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Subject: Newsletter: Math Forum Internet News No. 10.40 (3 Oct 2005)

October 3 2005 Vol. 10, No. 40


Teacher2Teacher FAQ: Metric Week
MathSongs | Developer's Guide to Excelets



As students start to understand the structure of the base 10
number system, it is important to provide opportunities for
them to apply what they have learned.

During the week of October 10 (i.e., 10/10) classrooms can
participate in "Metric Week" by investigating measurement,
measurement systems, place value, and decimals using
real-world contexts.

If you are looking for some ways to celebrate math in your
math class, introduce or reinforce the metric system, or if
you would like to suggest some school-wide thematic
activities, you are certain to find ideas on this page to
help you design a Metric Week that students will enjoy.




Vicki Young, Motlow State Community College in Lynchburg,
Tennessee, uses math songs and poems to motivate her
mathematics students. Young writes, "My students get used to
their crazy singing teacher and sometimes I can even get them
to sing along! If you have RealPlayer on your computer, you
should be able to hear me sing an a cappella version of each




Scott Sinex, Prince George's Community College, Largo,
Maryland, provides information on creating Excelets. Excelets
are interactive Excel spreadsheets or simulations of
mathematical models. The user changes a variable and the
spreadsheet changes in numerical, graphical, and/or even
symbolic form (equations).

Examples include:

- interactive features tour
- flipping pennies
- fractions
- radioactive decay
- derivatives
- ideal gas law

Sinex also provides the guide "Using Excel for Handling,
Graphing, and Analyzing Scientific Data: A Resource for
Science and Mathematics Students."

Download the PDF here:




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