ERIC Number: EJ1044620
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Apr
Hardy, Michael D.
Mathematics Teacher, v107 n8 p586-591 Apr 2014
Unit conversion need not be boring. If students see that the skill is necessary, both their motivation to learn and their appreciation of the process can be enhanced. As a result, students become actively engaged and construct understanding and computational skills that they will retain over time. The activity described here makes use of scale models of cars to demonstrate the need to convert units, help students attain understanding, and retain skills.
Descriptors: Mathematics Instruction, Motor Vehicles, Mathematics Skills, Teaching Methods, Learning Activities, Scaling, Computation, Secondary School Mathematics, Middle Schools, High Schools, College Mathematics, Cooperative Learning, Measurement, Problem Solving
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education; Middle Schools; Junior High Schools; High Schools; Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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