Pi Day = Best Day of the Year

06 March 2016


Any other self-proclaimed math nerds out there?  If so, then you might be as excited as I am for I am Pi Day!  March 14th is absolutely one of my most favorite days of the year.  Why March 14th? Well it all has to do with the digits of pi.

3.1415926535...



In fourth and fifth grades, Pi Day is a big deal.  Although the kids don't have to know how to calculate circumference or area, they do have to know diameter, radius, and other various parts of a circle.  Pi Day is a great way to enrich the standards, get kids excited about math, and is a lot of FUN!  We even ordered Pi Day shirts from Amazon!


Each year we setup four or five stations for the kids to rotate through.  Some of them are:

1.  Pi Day Plates: Students make a spiral of the digits of pi on a paper plate or circle.  The more colorful the better!


2.  Circle Art: Students create circle pictures using a compass or by tracing circular objects.  The circle art project came from Joey Udovich's Circles resource.  It is fantastic.  You can find it on TeachersPayTeachers.
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Circles-A-Look-at-Radius-Diameter-and-Circumference-657525
3.  Circumference, Diameter, and Radius Work: This is also from Joey's resource above.  Students learn about circles and practice calculations.  They really do enjoying learning about pi.  Her circles resource even includes everything, so it is ready to go!

4.  Pi Day Bracelets: Students make pi day bracelets using the digits of pi and color-coding odd/even numbers.  I found this idea on Cheers to School.  Andrea's idea is so cute!

5.  Pi Day Cards: Students made Pi Day cards for younger students and/or family members.  They have to include facts about pi, pi day, circles, or Einstein.  ( His birthday is March 14th!)

6.  Pi Day crosswords, word searches, and acrostic poems: Students complete various pi day puzzles and make a pi day acrostic poem.  There are many Pi Day freebies you can find online for this.

Last, but certainly not least, we eat PIE!  This is the grand-finale!  You kind of have to eat some pie on Pi Day.


Freebie: You can download a copy of my circles notes for free.
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B--CMOSPXNO8aGhvVUJIQ3FGcHM/view?usp=sharing

What do you do to celebrate Pi Day??




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