March 14th is PI Day. I have never celebrated this day with my class before. The main reason I have never celebrated it would be that the date falls during our March Break holiday. I LOVE all things math...well things that make math more interesting and engaging. My class and I will celebrating PI Day on the 18th of March, which is the first day AFTER our spring break. Using a variety of resources, I have put together a package of engaging and hands-on activities for the students to investigate.
I previously wrote a post which featured my colleague Cindy's PI DAY poster. She was inspired by the work of Valerie King on TpT. I have been using and blogging about Valerie's posters quite a bit this year. I LOVE her work. I pestered poor Valerie until she created this fantastic poster as a FREEBIE. I think that really shows how awesome she is as a person and as a teacher. Thank you Valerie for continuing to inspire ME and others with your great artwork!
I also found the following activity on TpT and thought it looked like great fun for my students. If you have the book "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" by Cindy Neuschwander you might want to download this FREEBIE as well. I found a PPT of the book online and am using it with the activity. You can also find a version of the book on Youtube.
My students are also going to make PI Day bracelets. I found the activity pictured below here on TPT. The students will use pony beads (which I bought at the local dollar store) to create their own bracelet representing the numbers in PI. It's kind of like a three-dimensional glyph:) I think this will be great for the kinesthetic learners in my class.
I guess you could say I have caught the PI DAY bug and I decided to make a few of my own activities. I know that students love cootie catchers, but I have never had a chance to use one with this class. I have made a simple one that the students can use to review some of the information they will learn while doing their PI DAY activities. I am very interested in seeing how they turn out! If you use the cootie catcher with your class, please be sure to come back and leave me a comment!
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My students love to write poetry. We have a monthly "Poetry Share" in my classroom where the students bring in the poetry they have collected and authored during the previous four weeks. To give them some extra inspiration, I created a student worksheet with instructions on how to write PI-KU poetry. You can download the instructions for writing your own