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Pi Day is on the way

Posted Sunday, March 12, 2006

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Chatham County, NC - On Tuesday, March 14, students across the nation and in Chatham County Schools will celebrate Pi Day. This event, which first began at the San Francisco Exploratorium, is celebrated on 3.14, which is the three-digit approximation of the value of pi. (Pi is the number of times a circle's diameter will fit around its circumference.)

Students and teachers will recognize this math day by participating in a variety of activities and lessons. Math teachers in grades 4-8 and AIG Specialists have been provided with web sites and other suggestions to use as they plan.

On this date students will also recognize Albert Einstein's birthday. On March 14th he would be 127 years old.

Some events/activities:
Let a group of students do morning announcements, sharing facts about Pi Day and/or Albert Einstein. (See attachments at the bottom of this page.)

Use a Problem of the Day that involves diameter and circumference. (See attachment at the bottom of this page.)

Posters and other artwork using circles and the Greek letter π

Pi poetry contests

Sing “Happy Birthday” to Albert Einstein.

Read alouds of Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi, by Cindy Neuschwander

Scavenger hunts

Internet field trips

Singing Pi Day songs

Eating pi(e)!

Pi Day web sites:

Internet field trip:
http://teacher.scholastic.com/fieldtrp/math/piday.htm

Scavenger hunt:
http://www.expage.com/piinfo

Pi Day songs:
http://www.winternet.com/

Multiple activities:
http://www.mathwithmrherte.com/pi_day.htm

http://www.mobot.org/education/megsl/pi.html

http://www.evsc.k12.in.us/schoolzone/schools/evans.piday.htm

http://www.quia.com/pages/piday.html

 
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