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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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KenyaSchoolReport's picture
KenyaSchoolReport
Helping schools in Kenya with resources for 21st Century learning

We have also listed 100's of other resources at kenyaschoolreport.com/resources.

Kimberly's picture

Thank you for sharing these great resources for Pi Day! I can't wait to use them within my own classroom!

Laura Thomas's picture
Laura Thomas
Director, Antioch University New England Center for School Renewal

Mrs. Burke has some fun ideas to celebrate:
http://pamburke74.webs.com/piday.htm

And you can't celebrate Pi Day without some good (bad) jokes!
http://math-fail.com/2010/03/pi-day-jokes.html

Pi day jokes

Mathematician: Pi r squared
Baker: No! Pie are round, cake are square!

Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter?
Answer: Pumpkin Pi!

Question: What do you get when you take the moon and divide its circumference by its diameter?
Answer: Pi in the sky.

Question: What do you get if you divide the circumference of a bowl of ice cream by its diameter?
Answer: Pi a'la mode.

John S. Thomas's picture
John S. Thomas
First & Second Grade Teacher/Adjunct faculty Antioch University New England

When I taught second and third grade we always celebrated Pi Day. We would plan our circle geometry focus for right before and after Pi Day. It was amazing how excited we could get young children when doing hands on activities using Pi.

My favorites for younger elementary students are the cutting and seeing Pi activities found here:

http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/pi_activities/index.html

My goal for these sorts of activities for early elementary age students isn't to come away with an understanding of Pi, but an EXCITEMENT for math!!! It provides them something to make connections to when these topics are introduced later in school.

Eman Elhosiny's picture
Eman Elhosiny
Science Education Curriculum Specialist

very attractive to hold such patterns for easy & wide-range learning ...i need it on science ..Plz if anyone could help by links about it.

Steve Pomeroy's picture

Mathtricks.org just came out with a new online Pi Day game - "Pi vs Pie". Fun to play, the kids like it, and it makes them appreciate math.

Lisa Mims's picture
Lisa Mims
5th grade teacher in Delaware
Blogger 2014

We wrote Pi poems. My class may not fully understand Pi, but they used it to create some wonderful poems. Then we used the Tellagami app to create Gamis that recited the poems. We embedded the Gamis, along with the poems on Kidblog. Here's an example,
http://kidblog.org/PLVROOM8/672671b6-ac8e-4d95-a3c3-9bf056f06707/thanks-...
Feel free to check out the rest, and leave a comment if you have time!:) http://kidblog.org/PLVROOM8/

Samer Rabadi's picture
Samer Rabadi
Community Manager at Edutopia
Facilitator 2014
Staff

Lisa, what a great idea. I really enjoyed reading your students' poetry.

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