Aiken County Council of Teachers of Mathematics Fall 2010 Metric Day: 10-10-10 th Metric Day is a math holiday celebrated each year on October 10 . The 10th month of the year and the week containing the 10th day is National Metric Week set aside to celebrate the metric system. This year, 2010 gives us an extra reason to honor the day, 10/10/10. The special day recognizes the importance of the metric system in our daily lives. Did you know? The United States is one of the only countries not officially using the Metric System. (Burma and Liberia are the other two according to the World Fact Book.) Although our nation has repeatedly tried to formally adopt the Metric System since the mid-1800s, we continue to use a mixture of the U.S. Customary System and the Metric System. Metric Week was first promoted by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics in 1976, approximately one year after the Metric Conversion Act of 1975. It serves as an opportunity for teachers, students and the public to learn about the metric system, also known as the international system of units, SI, and promote its use. This Metric Day, break out the rulers and load up the scales. Take the opportunity to focus on the importance and convenience of the measurement system based on 10s. Students can participate in metric activities and games to celebrate the annual event. Ideas for incorporating Metric Week are listed below. If you have metric ideas you would like to share, please send them to ACCTM via BridgetC@usca.edu by 11/30/10. Websites: National Council of Teachers of Mathematics http://nctm.org U. S. Metric Association http://lamar.colostate.edu/~hillger/ SMART Exchange http://www.exchange.smarttech.com/ National Institute of Standards and Technology http://www.nist.gov/ts/wmd/metric/education.cfm Children’s Literature: Millions to Measure by David M. Schwartz How Tall, How Short, How Far Away by David Adler Every Minute on Earth by Steve and Matthew Murrie Activity Ideas: Have students bring items (or pictures of items) from home showing metric measures. Make a Metric Collage. Practice using a ruler and meter stick to measure length in centimeters and meters. Use scales to measure the mass of items. Use graduated cylinders or liter bottles to measure capacity. Have students measure their height, weight, head circumference, wrist circumference, foot length, etc. using centimeters. Analyze the data. Study the history of measures in the U.S. and other countries. Write brief biographical sketches of James Watt, Andre Ampere, Gabriel Moulton, John Quincy Adams or Napoleon. Use a metric recipe to cook and prepare a food. Conduct a Metric Survey to see what people know about the metric system. How do people feel about the conversion to the metric system? Convert measurements from everyday items to metric units. (e.g. A tank of gasoline from gallons to liters.) Inform students about the goal for the U.S. to eliminate the U.S. Customary System and fully implement the Metric System. What are the implications? What are the consequences of not changing? ACCTM Meeting The Barbara Sproull Ruth Patrick Science Center Professional Development February 17, 2011 Scholarship The Barbara Sproull Professional Development Scholarship provides financial ETV – Streamline SC Presentation assistance of up to $200 annually to pursue professional development in mathematics. The by professional development may include workshops, Donna Thompson conferences, or graduate courses with an emphasis Educational Technology Instructor on mathematics. The scholarship may be used for registration, room and board, and/or transportation Dinner at 4:45 expenses. Two scholarships will be awarded at the th Dinner of Lasagna, baked potato, Caesar Feburary 17 meeting. salad, and cheese cake Email Christi McWaters at for $12.00. firstname.lastname@example.org for an application. Applications are on line at www.acctm.net Reservations will be taken in January. Applications are due by January 15th. Door Prizes will be awarded! ACCTM T-shirts for sale only $10 Wear your t-shirts to The ACCTM is looking for members to fill the meeting! officer positions. The following positions are open for nominations: treasurer, Vice-president of elementary schools, Vice-president of middle schools, and Vice-president of high schools. If you ACCTM Membership 2010 - 2011 are interested in one of these offices, Dues: $5.00 per year contact Christi McWaters at email@example.com . Name _______________________ School:______________________ ACCTM Web Site Address: ____________________ ____________________ Visit our site and e-mail: _______________________ download lesson plans Phone #: _____________________ and activities to share Make checks payable to ACCTM and send check with other math and this form to: Nancy Moseley teachers. 120 Lagoon Lair Aiken, SC 29803 www.acctm.net Minutes: ACCTM May 4, 2010 2010 SCCTM Fall Conference The Spring meeting of the Aiken County Council of October 21-22, 2010 Greenville, SC Mathematics Teachers was called to order by Christi **** McWaters, the president. The meeting was held at the Ruth Patrick Science Center and began at 5:00 NCTM Regional Conference and PM. The blessing was given by Debi Rood. Exposition Everyone enjoyed a dinner of lasagna, salad, and October 14-15, 2010 Baltimore, MD dessert. After dinner, Christi Mc Waters held the business October 28-29, 2010 New Orleans meeting. She announced that Gloria Allen would be **** holding an Algebra Summer Institute as part of the (T3) Texas Instrument Regional Aiken County Mathematics Alignment Project. The session will cover math alignment from the middle Conference grades to college level. They need 12 more teachers February 25-27, 2011 San Antonio, for this class. Participants would receive 3 hours TX graduate credit. Christi stated that there were T-shirts for sale. ***** The minutes were read by the secretary, Debbie NCCTM National Conference Orsini, and they were approved. Mary Robinson April 13-16, 2011 gave the treasurer’s report for Nancy Moseley. There is $521.12 in the checking account. There is $950.00 Indianapolis, IN in the scholarship fund. Bridget Coleman introduced Jim Sproull. He spoke on behalf of the Barbara Sproull Professional Development Scholarship. He told of how important the ACCTM was to Barbara. There was some Encourage your fellow discussion on giving more flexibility to this scholarship to cover more than just professional faculty members to come to development. The winners for this year were Robin Bouye and Karen Marrero. Bridget presented Mr. the Sproull an ACCTM T-shirt. February 17th meeting. Christi introduced Terry Hallman, who was the presenter for this meeting. Terry presented a PowerPoint on using the Smart Board. She discussed using the Smart Video Recorder to make Bell Ringer Websites Activities through the use of uploaded videos. The http://prezi.com/learn/ This is a site video recording of a lesson could be sent to students where you can make presentations with who were homebound or absent for the lesson. Terry also discussed the Teacher Toolbox on the Aiken animation. County Schools web site. The teachers in the Smart http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/ Board Classes are uploading their lessons to this site. This is a site full of worksheets and Another tool that can be used is the Smart Media lesson plans. Some are free. Player. This tool can be used to play a movie or a http://www.harveyshomepage.com/Harvey part of a movie. The camera on the player can be s_Homepage/Welcome.html used to insert a screen shot into a notebook file. She This is a site with interactive math demonstrated several lessons that teachers had made using these tools. Terry distributed copies of her games and activities. PowerPoint with instructions for using the tools she http://www.kutasoftware.com/ This is had discussed. software for Pr-Algebra to Algebra 2. After the presentation, door prizes were given out. The It is great for making test, quizzes, and meeting was adjourned worksheets.