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Celebrate Pi Day: Seven Classroom Resources for Pi Learning

Happy 3.14159265358979323846264 Day! That's right, Pi Day is coming on 3/14, and the annual celebration offers a great opportunity for students to explore Pi! (It's also Albert Einstein's birthday. There are plenty of wonderful facts in this online Einstein biography.) Of course, there are plenty of great teaching resources online to help your class celebrate Pi Day, and we here at Edutopia thought we'd help.

Here are a few of our favorites from around the Web, starting first with the video, "Learn about Pi with Max and Morty," which was produced by Apperson Prep. It's a great resource to get younger students excited about Pi, radius, and circumference. Happy Pi Day!

This post originally published on March 5, 2013.

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Elana Leoni's picture
Elana Leoni
Director of Social Media Strategy and Marketing @Edutopia, edcamp organizer
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Great resources Matt. I recently compiled a Math Rules! Pinterest Board that has some of the best resources around the Web that you can use to celebrate the day: http://pinterest.com/edutopia/math-rules/.

Enjoy!

Big-Brained Superhero's picture
Big-Brained Superhero
On a mission to tap into the hidden strengths that all young people have th

Some great resources here! Though that video is exactly the kind of thing that, had I watched it as a kid, would have convinced me that I was horrible at math. The explanations went way too fast and Max was way too capable of comprehending them on the first go-round. It seems that, sometimes, by presenting an idealized version of learning and glossing over the lengthy and challenging processes that it involves, we may be simply reinforcing the idea that some kids are capable and others are not. Possibly even making those who have to struggle a bit more than Max does in that video feel "stupid". Possibly.

We, in The Big-Brained Superheroes Club, are celebrating "March Mathness" this month. We're going to try to make it a yearly thing. Just to spread the Math word, if possible.

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Visnos Mathematics
Founder and Developer of Visnos visual numbers website

Thanks Matt
Perhaps you can add this resource
http://www.visnos.com/demos/pi

It explains PI by using a regular polygon, as the number of sides increases the polygon approximates to a circle. So if the polygon is opened you can measure its perimeter against a ruler with is equal to 2π

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