I love pi day.
I celebrate the pi day at school and home every March 14, so imagine the fun I have put this day together.
The following video begs the question, how many dominoes is that? Spoiler alert: the second (needed information) and third act (the answer) are at the end. This would be a great way to begin class.
Pi Day In Math Class
Is there any better day in the life of a math geek? Ok, that might be a little bit of an exaggeration, but it is a very fun day to be a math teacher.
In my class, we always eat pie on pi day. The kids bring it in, and I supply the cups, juice and paper goods. We always have a great time discovering the ratio of pi and enjoying the wonder of the randomness. The students always seem to gather interest in the wonder of numbers. Isn't that what it is all about?
The class is set up as stations with different activities depending on the mathematical level of my students. When they walk in, I am playing Pi Songs. They circulate through stations ranging from creating the music pie to measuring and finding the common ratio of pi, to pinning the tongue on Einstein. Don't forget that he shares his birthday with pi! And of course, the end of class has a memorization of the pi contest.
I always want to try something new with pi day and therefore have made necklaces by assigning each digit a different color bead, found our birthdays within pi and we have sung pi day songs. The next day, when the sugar buzz has worn off we discuss what we discovered and observed, the kids always amaze me at how much they take away from a day that would look like nothing more than high school kids at recess. I hope they have great memories of Pi day and a deeper understanding of pi.
There are some great resources online. Some of my favorites are below
- The Official Pi Day website
- Scholastic's March 14 is Pi Day
- Happy Pi Day Lesson by YummyMath!
- Education World has a wonderful collection of Pi Day links, lesson plans, and ideas
- The Joy of Pi
- Youtube.com there are some great projects done by students, perhaps have your students do the same.
Do you have a favorite π day activity that you do with your students? Please add it to the comments below! Thanks!
To type the π symbol, you can use your number pad on your keyboard. Hold down the alt key and type 227 on your number pad. Let go, and you have a pi symbol. Amazing. For more helpful tips on inserting math and science symbols into your documents, you can see my list here.