Today’s ePIc Week of Pi installment is by Jennifer from Teaching High School Math and she’s sharing her favorite Pi Day ideas. Don’t forget to enter the ePIc Pi Giveaway & Jennifer’s giveaway at the end!
Hello everyone, I’m so excited to help celebrate Pi Day with 4mulaFun! I’m Jennifer from Teaching High School Math and let me say…
I LOVE PI DAY!
It is such an exciting thing to celebrate. Let’s face it, no matter what we do some kids never have fun in math class. Pi Day is a chance to get everyone involved and maybe even excited 🙂
My favorite Pi Day celebration involved a series of stations where students participated in a variety of Pi related activities. I combined my Geometry classes with another teacher’s classes and we spent 2 hours in the cafeteria. We started by watching a short Youtube video about the history of Pi. Then we broke the students up into groups and they rotated through stations such as:
- Making a Pi Day Paper Chain
- Making a Happy Pi Day Greeting Card for one of the other teachers in the school
- Reading a Sir Cumference book and answering questions (I used Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander).
- Completing a Pi Day Webquest on the computer
- …and finally Eating a Piece of Pi that was generously donated by our local Baker’s Square.
After everyone was done eating Pi, we all gathered back together for the Pi Recitation contest. I projected the first 500 digits of pi on the big screen we have in our cafeteria. Then, students took turns seeing who could recite the most digits of pi from memory. The student who was reciting had their back to the screen and then the rest of the audience could follow along on the screen. This is, of course, something that students need to be prepared for. They have to practice!
I keep a record of the student who recites the most digits and their name goes on a plaque that we keep in the math department. The current record is 332 digits!
Ready for the giveaways? Jennifer is giving away her Pi Day Activities – Pi Webquest and Pi Day Placemat. Below that is the ePIc Pi Giveaway – don’t forget to enter both giveaways!