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Discovering Pi/Welcome to Pi Day
Young scholars explore pi. In this circle measurement lesson, students define and identify radius, diameter, circumference, and perimeter. Young scholars work in groups to measure several plastic lids and record their findings. Students compare the relationship between the diameter and radius, then complete a "Circumference vs. Diameter" worksheet. Young scholars explain the circumference formula based on their measurement comparisons. Worksheets and information about "Pi Day" are included.
Ninth graders explore the concept of pi in preparation for developing a project for pi day. They examine direct variation, the history of pi, circle circumference and arc length, area and sector area and then consider how these concepts apply to a project.
ï»¿In this Pi Day activity, students complete activities such as reading a passage, phrase matching, fill in the blanks, correct words, multiple choice, spelling sequencing, scrambled sentences, asking questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Pi Day.
Having Fun with Pi
Incorporate some of these great activities for Pi Day in your classroom
Celebrate Pi day through math and cooperative learning activities. Using algebra, your older elementary students bring in some of the foods they like and then log their data about their food in a pi-chart. They compare all the foods based on size and then get to eat them. Resources and links are included in this fun lesson!
Students use the online, virtual world "Second Life" to find facts about "Pi." In this math lesson, students listen as the teacher reads Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi. They go into the virtual world to find answers to the questions posed about pi by their teacher. Students develop an addition to the Pi museum in Second Life.
Students discover the meaning of pi through learning activities such as research, hands-on, reading, writing, and collaborative opportunities. They discover that the ratio fo the circumference to the diameter of any circle is about 3.14.
Pancakes and Pi Lesson Plan
Tenth graders investigate the meaning of pi. In this geometry lesson, 10th graders relate pi to a circle and not just the number 3.14. They measure pancakes and log their data relating pi to the diameter and radius of the pancake.
The story of Pi
Why are decimal places important? Can't we just round up? Through a comprehensive five-day lesson, young mathematicians and scientists discover the answers to these questions and more through an in-depth investigation into pi. From measuring and calculating, to designing and performing an experiment, to writing a persuasive essay about whether or not pi should be rounded to 3.0, all angles are explored in a cross-curricular fashion. Although the lesson lasts a week, the amount of information your learners will retain is well worth the time invested.
Frame Narratives: Life of Pi by Yann Martel
Is Pi Patel the author of Life of Pi? Did Nathaniel Hawthorne really find the manuscript for The Scarlet Letter in the Customs House? Introduce your readers to the frame narrative with a presentation that details how and why authors employ this story within a story literary device.
Geometry, Pi, and Ancient Civilizations
By working together, pairs of students will complete a Pi webquest. Using the internet, they examine the ways people in the Ancient Civilizations of Egypt, Babylonia and Greece used Pi. To end the lesson, they review the concepts of radius, diameter and circumference by creating a cartoon or poster to honor and publicize Pi.
Define terminology related to a circle. Practice accuracy in measuring and then create a spreadsheet based on data collected from solving for parts of a circle. Groups can have fun analyzing their data as it relates to Pi.
Life of Pi Chapter Questions
"Why is Pi named after the Piscine Molitor?" "What does the sloth symbolize to Pi?" "How is tension and suspense created in this chapter?" The chapter-by-chapter questions included in this learning exercise could be used as a reading guide, for group work, or as reading checks. In addition to fact-based questions, readers are also asked to evaluate characters and analyze events. "It is important in life to conclude things properly."
Your students can explore the mathematical concept of Pi with these lesson plans.
Sixth graders read the book "Sir Cumference and Knights of the Round Table" to introduce them to the concept of Pi. As a class, they discover where Pi originated and define the terms circumference, radius and diameter. To end the lesson, they try to develop their own formula for calculating the radius and diameter of a circle.
The Circle's Measure
Listen to the story "Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi" and solve the riddle and to save Sir Cumference from the knights. Your students will love mixing an activity with story and will practice their measuring skills while completing the puzzle to connect Pi to their measurements.
Your class will complete research dealing with Pi and its value in mathematics, leading into a discovery lab to demonstrate Pi, how it is determined, and how it is used. In the end, students eat PIE!
Students compare 3 fractional approximations of pi and compare the relative error of each. In this comparative math lesson, students compare methods of approximation used by Archimedes, ancient Babylonians, and ancient Egyptians.
The Day of the Virgin of Guadalupe, Christmas, and Dia de los Tres Reyes
Students examine the holiday celebrations in the United States and fiestas in Latin American countries. In this holiday celebration instructional activity, students research the similarities in the celebrations for Christmas and those for the day of the Virgin of Guadealupe and the Dia de los Tres Reyes. They identify Latin American countries on a map. compare the foods, and activities associated with the holidays.
Parachutes, Circles and Pi...Oh My!
Students explore different size circles to discover the relationship between diameter and circumference. For this circles and Pi lesson, students construct simple parachutes using circle patterns of varying sizes. Students predict the effect that the area of a circular parachute has on the time of its descent.