Saturday, April 6, 2013

Celebrating Pi Day - with Pie, Of Course!

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!
 #3 Watch some Pi Raps from the PiDay.org website.


#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!

6 comments:

  1. It looks like your class had a very fun Pi Day! I agree with you....the Brainpop videos could definitely slow down a bit! We usually have to watch them twice! I'm excited to have found another upper elementary blog...I am a new follower :)
    Bethany
    FabandFunin4th!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Bethany!
      Corrina

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  2. Fun, fun, fun! Looks like your kiddos had a blast! I am your newest follower!
    Amy
    3 Teacher Chicks

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  3. Hi Corrina! I'm your latest follower- I've just been blog hopping around this morning and stumbled across this post- it's brilliant! We use brain pop all the time- and always watch the videos twice because they're so fast. I normally do the measuring thing as well but have never gone to this extent "celebrating pi"

    This year I will!!! I teach year six in New Zealand which is equivalent to fifth grade in the US.

    See you again soon
    x Serena x
    Magic Mistakes & Mayhem

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    1. Welcome, Serena!! I look forward to reading your blog and checking out a perspective from the Southern Hemisphere. :-)

      Corrina

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