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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.
Students explore pi. For this circle measurement lesson, students define and identify radius, diameter, circumference, and perimeter. Students 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. Students explain the circumference formula based on their measurement comparisons. Worksheets and information about "Pi Day" are included.
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.
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Learners 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. Learners 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.
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.
Celebrate Pi day through math and cooperative learning activities. Using algebra, your older elementary learners 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 plan!
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.
Your students can explore the mathematical concept of Pi with these lesson plans.
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.
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.
"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 worksheet 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."
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.
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.
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.
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, young scholars eat PIE!
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.
Middle schoolers investigate Pi. In this mathematics instructional activity, learners discuss the history of Pi and determine how the approximation of Pi was discovered.
Perform operations to add, subtract, multiply and divide matrices. Then solve problems with vectors using matrices. A three day lesson: Matrix Madness, Mystical Matrices, and Decode the Encode. The last lesson has prizes that the class must work to find.

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