Math and pie, what could be better? On March 14th, 3/14, the middle school students spent the day celebrating Pi Day. In 1988 Larry Shaw organized the first ever Pi Day celebration. Our 7th and 8th grade students just so happened to be in our geometry units studying the circumference and area of circles, so we figured what better way to incorporate some hands-on learning. The 6th grade students got a great preview of what geometry will hold for them in the next two years.
We started preparing for our celebration on March 1st, Read Across America Day, by reading, “Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi.” The students enjoyed reading about Sir Cumference, Lady Di of Ameter and their son Radius. Through all the great math puns and illustrations, we talked about what pi is and why it is the same for every circle. We referenced this book throughout our unit to help us remember the names of the measurements and what they mean.
The morning of March 14th greeted us with 60+ pies being graciously donated by our students and their families! The greeting of “Happy Pi Day!” could be heard throughout the halls. The students got to work their way through 17 different stations that were set up to help them explore and discover the relationship between circumference, diameter and pi. We made pi link chains, colored circular art work, measured and calculated, found out which pizza was the best buy, played math board games, stopped off in the photo booth and of course ate some pie! It was great to hear the collaboration between students across all the grade levels.
By: Mrs. Forrest, Middle School Math