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National Metric Week in October

Celebrate National Metric Week
October 5-11, 2014

Break out your rulers. It's time to celebrate National Metric Week. This fall the week of October 5-11 (the 10th month of the year and the week containing the 10th day) will be set aside to celebrate the metric system. Americans will have an opportunity to focus on the importance and convenience of the measurement system based on 10s.

Here are possible sources of information and ideas for lessons:



Middle School 

  • Metric Madness
    Metric Madness is a board game for two to four players. Students review and practice metric vocabulary, measurement, and calculations by playing the game. Includes game board and cards.
  • Math Roots: The Beginnings of the Metric System
    This article reviews the history of the metric system, from a proposal of a sixteenth-century mathematician to its implementation in Revolutionary France some 200 years later.



NCTM Position Statement 

Other Resources 

  • U.S. Metric Association (USMA) can provide resources and ideas, including suggestions for celebrating National Metric Week.
  • Metric Scavenger Hunt from Harcourt School Publishers is a game that requires students to practice estimating length by using metric measurements.
  • AAA Math website has a webpage devoted to teaching measurement operations to students in grades K-8, featuring interactive practice and challenge games.
  • Gordon Speer’s website offers information about the metric system and lists of metric units and prefixes, such as yotta- and yocto-
  • Mini Metric Olympics is a 13-page guide that includes plans for activities that can be used to host Metric Olympic events. (PDF)
  • Taking America's Measure is a website for teachers and students sponsored by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
  • The NIST Metric Program provides links to metric-related educational resources as well as information about the metric system.



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