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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.
In 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 instructional activity!
Learners explore pi. In this circle measurement lesson, students define and identify radius, diameter, circumference, and perimeter. Learners 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. Learners explain the circumference formula based on their measurement comparisons. Worksheets and information about "Pi Day" are included.
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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.
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.
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.
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 instructional activity, students compare methods of approximation used by Archimedes, ancient Babylonians, and ancient Egyptians.
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 plan, 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.
Students celebrate Pi day through math and fun. In this algebra instructional activity, students being in food they like and logged data about their food in a pi-chart. They compare all the food based on size and then get to eat it.
Middle schoolers investigate Pi. In this mathematics lesson, learners discuss the history of Pi and determine how the approximation of Pi was discovered.
The properties outlined on this poster or handout focus on the more complex attributes of pi by using trigonometry and calculus to boggle the mind. Decorate your calculus room! Advanced learners can benefit from posters in the same way younger students do.
Students practice simple measurement skills to discover the relationship between the circumference and diameter of circular objects (Pi). They practice finding the circumference of any circle when the diameter is given.
Students explore different size circles to discover the relationship between diameter and circumference. In this circles and Pi instructional activity, 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.
What is pi anyway?  After this set of activities, your pupils should have multiple answers to this question. Investigate pi with various experiments and discoveries. Calculate the ratio circumference/diameter for different sized circles. Find out how many diameters you can get out of the circumference of a circle, and also calculate the orbit around the earth. 
In this online interactive reading comprehension worksheet, students respond to 25 multiple choice questions about Yann Martel's Life of PiStudents may submit their answers to be scored.

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