Pi Day is pretty much the perfect day for celebration. Think about it- it’s this wonderful combination of mathematics, food, and word play! There’s something for everyone. The unfortunate thing is that March 14 falls right in the middle of our Spring Break this year, so I won’t have any students to celebrate the day with. And last year I was this close to getting married on Pi Day, only to find out my dream venue was only available the day before, lucky Friday the 13th. I sometimes pretend like Pi Day is my anniversary, but now you all know the truth! It’s almost like the universe is keeping me from really being able to go all out and celebrate Pi day in style. Well, this year, I’m not going to take it laying down!
Pi Day inspired review games
I love this attack game from Math in the Middle. It’s an easy way to review any topic you’re learning while still celebrating Pi Day.
This is a simple twist that takes a review activity or game, and makes it instantly seasonally relevant.
If you happen to be teaching geometry concepts of circular shapes around this time, you’re in luck. If not, consider a bit of cyclical review to coincide with talking about Pi Day.
This fun, and engaging game, is a great way to get my students reviewing circumference and area of circles.
Cheesy math jokes level up this time of year. The International Business Times has a great round up of cheesy jokes that would get any student groaning 🙂 Here are some of my favorites:
- Never talk to Pi. He’ll go on forever.
- What do you get when you cut a Jack-o-Lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin pi.
- What is the official animal of Pi Day? The pi-thon.
Pi Day trivia
Amaze your students with trivia facts about this remarkable number, and its contributions to the world. Education with Docrunning shares some fun facts about Pi Day. She references how people have seen this number throughout history, how long we’ve been using it regularly in mathematics (only 250 years!), and other unique facts about this number.
For an even more in depth look at trivia and facts around what many mathematicians call the most intriguing number, check out 50 Interesting Facts About Pi. Talking about the discovery of a number like pi can open up a dialog about history, research, and how we learn about the world we live in. If you have the opportunity, it could even open the doors to a cross curricular exploration.
Check out all the great ideas I’ve collected on Pinterest for celebrating in the classroom, or even with your kids at home. There are art projects, math centers, coloring pages, and explorations into the discovery of Pi.
Want even more Pi Day inspiration? Check out these 9 easy activities for Pi Day, including a free choice board for students.
As for my class, we’re studying volume of circle based shapes this this upcoming week. So, I’ll be pulling from this inspiration board to get my students thinking about celebrating all things round in math.
It’s always fun to bring a little whimsy to cylinders, cones, and spheres. And on March 14th I’ll wear my Pi Day shirt proudly at the movie theater! Hope your day is fabulous!!!
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