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What are some activities I can use for Metric Week?

As students build understanding about 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.

   T2T discussion about Metric Week:

Metric Week activities
I'm a middle school teacher and I really enjoyed reading the two FAQ pages that you have on Pi Day and 100th Day of School. Might you have similarly good ideas on activities to use for Metric Week? ...view discussion>>

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Ask Dr. Math resources:

Metric System Prefixes
My algebra teacher wrote the word teraflops on the board and told us to find the meaning.

Invention of the Metric System
Who invented the metric system?

Metric Conversion Chart
Do you know of a conversion chart I can use to convert from metric to customary and vice versa?

Visualizing the Metric System
What are some common things that could be used to approximate lengths for a visual picture of the different lengths in the metric system?

Teaching the Metric System
How can I teach my second grader about the metric system? I have no idea how to read a metric ruler or how to convert inches into the metric system or vice versa.

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Books for reference:

The following books are available through Amazon.com:

Masterminds Decimals, Percentages, Metric System, & Consumer Math
by Brenda Opie

Measure for Measure
by Thomas J. Glover, Richard Alan Young

Measurements & Conversions : A Complete Guide (Running Press Gem)
by Diagram Group

Metric Converter
by Technical Division Barrons Educational Service (Compiler)

Millions to Measure
by David M. Schwartz, Steven Kellogg (Illustrator)

Pocket Ref
by Thomas J. Glover (Compiler)

   Problems of the Week: access requires a membership

ElemPoW: Across the Netherlands - Maggie Hos-McGrane - posted February 14, 2000 [print version]
Help sort out this bike trip through the Netherlands (requires a bit of map reading).

ElemPoW: Meters of Money - posted March 5, 2001 [print version]
Help Ms. Juncos's class determine the amount of money they will raise with this metric project.

ElemPoW: Raisin Nut Cookies - posted April 12, 1999 [print version]
Sarah needs to convert her cookie recipe for her cousin.

MidPoW: Canadian Soccer - posted October 11, 1999 [print version]
Find the distance a player runs to complete three "Double V" laps.

MidPoW: He Ate It All! - posted May 31, 1999 [print version]
The professor ate an entire pizza in 28 minutes. Figure out the size of the pizza.

GeoPoW: Running a Mile on a Metric Track - posted October 26, 1998 [print version]
How far out from the rail on a 400 meter track would you have to run to cover 440 yards?

Trig/CalcPoW: Your Speeding Ticket - posted October 11, 1999 [print version]
Work with powers of ten and the metric system to determine your fine.

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Resources on the Web:

Math Library: Arithmetic/Early: Measurement
Measurement resources that have been collected, organized, cataloged and annotated from diverse sources.

Math Library:Arithmetic/Early: Measurement: Terms/Units of Measurement
Units of measurement resources that have been collected, organized, cataloged and annotated from diverse sources.

Moving with Metric - Department Of Transportation, Olympia, WA
SI - The International System of Units, a modernized version of the metric system established by international agreement. SI provides a logical and interconnected framework for all measurements in science, industry, and commerce....more>>

Taking America's Measure
A web site sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) that provides activities and resources to learn about the metric system.

U.S. Metric Association (USMA), Inc. - Hillger
A national non-profit organization that advocates U.S. conversion to the International System of Units (SI), also called the modern metric system....more>>



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