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Students explore pi. In this circle measurement lesson plan, 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.
ï»¿For this Pi Day worksheet, 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.
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!
Middle schoolers 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. Middle schoolers develop an addition to the Pi museum in Second Life.
Why are decimal places important? Can't we just round up? Through a comprehensive five-day lesson plan, 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 plan lasts a week, the amount of information your learners will retain is well worth the time invested.
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.
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.
"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."
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.
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.
Students explore different size circles to discover the relationship between diameter and circumference. In 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.