When I found out I would be teaching Math this year, one of the first things I got excited about was throwing a Pi Day Celebration. And even though Pi isn't technically in our 5th grade curriculum, some awareness couldn't hurt, right? So here's the run-down of how my class explored Pi (and pie!) on 3/14/2013....
#1 Build Background Knowledge about Pi (3.14....) by watching the Pi BrainPop video. (My students love Tim & Moby, but does anyone else think those videos go WAY too fast?? I wish I could make them run at half-speed. Also - Tim and Moby look pretty glum in this shot...)
#2 Use string to measure and explore the relationship between Circumference & Diameter with objects found in our classroom and brought from home. They turned this into a quest to see who could get closest to 3.14. And the winner? The group with the can of baking powder!
#4 Read Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander.
#5 Share some PIE!! My student with the pie obsession brought in an apple pie to share and we also had raspberry and cherry. Mmmmmm......
#6 Watch this video featuring a domino spiral created in the form of Pi - about TEN TIMES. It's created a thing in my class to watch domino videos on YouTube during dismissal. (Keeps them quiet during those end-of-the-day announcements when they are so antsy and can't keep still...)
Hope you had a fantastic Pi Day!