Pi Day is March 14 (3-14) and it is the perfect day for celebrating all things math related. It is a wonderful opportunity to showcase to students that math is all around us in everything we do.
On Friday, March 13, the students at South Park met in family teams – mixed ages from Kindergarten to Grade 7 – to do a variety of Pi related math activities. Some groups graphed Pi and turned it into an art project, some made bead bracelets with each bead representing a digit in Pi, and some measured the circumference of bubbles or made a Pi chain. Whatever the project was, all students had fun while doing these math-related activities!
Create a Pi Chain – Materials needed: coloured paper (10 different colours), scissors, tape/glue/staplesDirections: Cut strips from the coloured paper. Choose a colour to represent each of the digits from 0-9. Join the strips of paper together in the order of the digits of pi, for as many digits as you want – see how long you can go! You can also try this activity with different coloured beads and string to make a pi necklace!
Create a Pi Sentence “How I wish I could fabricate an abacus.” Do you notice anything interesting about this sentence? Each of the words consists of the same number of letters as the first 8 numbers that make up π! Ask everyone in your family to come up with a “pi sentence” and see who can create the longest or funniest sentence.
Discover Pi at HomeMaterials needed: string, measuring tape/ruler, circular objects found at homeDirections: Find a few circular objects around your house (plates, jars, etc.). Using the string or measuring tape, measure all the way around the object (if using string, find the length that will go all the way around the object once, and measure that length with the ruler) – this is called the circumference. Next, measure all the way across the circular part at its longest length – this is called the diameter. Now take the circumference and divide by the diameter using a calculator – how close did you get to π? See who in your family can get the closest!
Get insPIred by books! Fun with π isn’t just limited to math problems. Take a family trip to the library! Younger readers will enjoy the book Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander, for a fun adventure involving π! Older readers may find the book Born on a Blue Day interesting, the memoir of Daniel Tammet, who has memorized over 20,000 digits of π.
And check out this hilarious video