How do your students' measurement skills measure up by today's
standards? While many science teachers in the United States use
the metric system in their classrooms, many students still haven't
realized that the metric system has uses outside the science classroom.
This issue is filled with interesting ideas from other teachers
for helping your students master metric measurement.
Measurement in the News
Article summaries provided by the NSTA WebNews Digest (visit
for national news for science educators).
Scientists Say It’s Time to Redefine the Kilogram
Scientists argue that the kilogram is an archaic artifact that
should be redefined.
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on the Net
In this month's middle level journal, Science Scope, NSTA
members can read the entire Sampler section by clicking on the following
Inquiry Into Measuring: http://www.nsta.org/gateway&j=ss&n=50862
Project Weigh-In: Learning About Mass and Weight
Metacognition in Science
is a web-based service from NSTA that provides online content
chosen to augment printed articles and books. It does so through
keywords; the keywords for this issue are
Units of Measurement: http://www.scilinks.org/retrieve_outside.asp?sl=92635655109910551011
Journal Articles on Measurement
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The U.S. Department of Education recently launched
"Teachers Ask the Secretary," a new feature of its website
According to U.S. Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, "This
easy-to-use page will help teachers learn answers on a wide range
of subjects: teacher quality, professional development, state
academic standards, and more. We will share best practices and
success stories under the No Child Left Behind Act. And we will
listen to your concerns." To ask a question or to view what
other teachers are asking, go directly to http://www.ed.gov/teachersask.
Americans and Chinese Differ in Their World
"Richard E. Nisbett of the University of Michigan
and his colleagues conducted a series of experiments in which
Chinese and American students were shown a number of images, each
depicting a single subject against a realistic and complex background.
The participants—who wore an eye-movement tracker during
the tests—were then shown pictures containing the same subjects
on either old or new backgrounds and asked to judge whether they
had seen the subjects before." This article from the August
23 issue of Scientific American examines the results
of these experiments and their bearing on differences in socialization
To read the rest of the article, visit
Call for Papers
Science Scope (grades 69) has issued
a Call for Papers on selected topics. Click here to read more:
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