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Background For Teachers:
Intended Learning Outcomes:
Taylor, P.M., Simms, K., Kim, O. & Reys, R.E. (2001) Do your students measure up metrically? Teaching Children Mathematics. 7(5). 282-287.
Various attempts have been made to adopt the metric system in the United States. Thomas Jefferson was the first to introduce the concept. Today the U.S. is one of only three countries not using the metric system. The Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) showed that students in the U.S. are behind in their understanding and use of the metric system. Teachers are encouraged to use metrics in their curriculum to develop a broader sense of measurement.
Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. (2000). Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
In learning measurement, students should be actively involved, drawing on familiar and accessible contexts. The first step is to understand measurable attributes of objects and the units of measurement—both customary and metric. Connection(s) must be made to real-world applications. Students should investigate a wide variety of applications.
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