Pi Day! You are so nerdy, fun, and cool!
What is Pi Day?
Pi itself is the relationship between a circle’s circumference and its diameter. You get it by dividing the former by the latter. The answer is a number that is neverending, and we call that “pi,” represented by this symbol:The answer begins as 3.1415926535897932384626… It just goes on and on and on. But to make it simple we say 3.14. Because there’s only so much ink in the world.
So. If you look at 3.14, that matches up with the date 3/14, or March 14. Thus this is the date we celebrate Pi Day!
How can I celebrate Pi Day in my classroom?
Oh, you are in for a treat. There are so many cool things to choose from. But here are four of my favorites.
Pi Day Videos
This first one is from Brainpop. Although Brainpop has many videos available through paid subscription, many, including this one, are free.
Pi Day Banners
These pennants and other activities from Scaffolded Math and Science are fun, educational, and quick to make! Her products are so imaginative and clever. And I highly recommend following her on Facebook. She shares the coolest math links!
Pi Day Collaborative Art
This quick and gorgeous poster can be created fairly quickly. It’s created by the talented Danielle Knight from Study All Knight. (Don’t you just LOVE that name?) I bought this for my classroom last year and we had a ball creating it! It’s flexible too, depending on the amount of students you have.
Here’s how ours looked last year after we had just put it together.
Isn’t it just stunning? The calculating of Pi is a bit beyond most of my students today, but this activity only took a few minutes and helped introduce them to the idea that math is funky, cool, and often unimaginable! And we got a bunch of compliments on it. I mean look it. Didn’t they do a great job?
Pi Day Game
And finally, here is a free Pi Day Bump Game I created to familiarize students with the first digits of Pi. All you need is a few paperclips and some unifix cubes or other counting manipulatives. Print and go!
Happy Pi Day
I hope you have a wonderful March 14 and don’t forget to start planning your Aprils Day Pranks once Pi Day is over. You can never start too soon!
Now it’s time to hear from you! In the comments below, tell us: What do you do to celebrate Pi Day, either at home or at school. And if you haven’t delved into these mathematical waters yet, what will you try first?
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Have a great week, love! And Happy Pi Day!
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