Pi Week…yes week is here and we are in FULL FORCE!!! We’ve spent each day this week working on Pi / Circle related activities! I wanted to share what we’ve been working on in hopes to inspire you some.

To prepare for this week, last Friday I went to Michael’s and purchased tons of fun color paper! YES, I splurged! I bought fun double sided, double colored card stock and bright, vibrant normal paper.

The rest of the weekend, and planning on Monday was spent finishing up prep work for the week. TONS of chain loops needed to be cut to make all the projects as efficient (and neat) as possible!

Though, not shown here, I ended up cutting all the digit strips in half to make them about 5 inches long instead of 10 inches. This really helped make the Pi Chain more sturdy.

The Pi Chain was a HUGE hit at all grade levels. After day #1, it was 350 chain digits long. After day #2 it is now 800 digits long. The goal is to have it 1000 digits long by Thursday afternoon so that we can have it hanging for all to enjoy on Friday. The kiddos have loved noticing the ~~patterns,~~ errrr… lack of patterns in the digits. My 5th and 6th graders are each in charge of 2 digits and keep guessing if they are goign to be next. They have turned it into a competition!

We stopped and took a pic of 500 digits! |

My 7th and 8th graders have been spending a bit more time figuring out Area and Circumference of circles. They too, wanted to make a chain, they just are being held accountable in a different way!

When the chain started to “get in the way”, they asked if we could go out into the theater are so they could have a little more room. Little did I know they would find another use of the area!

We actually ended up turning the Area and Circumference chain into a competition – boys vs girls! We decided against length being the deciding factor, but rather used points. Since the Chain of Circles activity is tiered, I printed each tier on a different color.

1st tier = easiest = 1 point.

2nd tier = medium = 2 points

3rd tier = most difficult = 3 points

(and….. too add some more craziness… there were 4 girls and only 3 boys, so we had to find the average per person at the end to see who won!)

Love how bright and colorful these practice problems turned out! Girls ended up winning 29.25 to 24.3! Go girls!! And in the end, we added the two chains together so that we could hang them up in the room and enjoy the bright, springy colors!

So far this has been my week! Lovin’ how colorful everything has been and how excited students have been to practice circle formulas and to compete for pi!

OOOOH and…. I’m having a PI Day Giveaway on my FB page! Click on the picture below to enter! All you need to do to enter is take a picture of how you are celebrating PI DAY and post it on my Special FB Post. All pictures MUST be a comment in the post pinned at the top of the FB page to be entered. You should also put a caption on the picture. 1 entry per person. Two winners will be chosen on Sunday, March 16th to give people plenty of time to add their pictures!

And finally, I will probably post more this weekend about how the week ended, but I wanted to share these two activities AND share some other pi day information (blogs, freebies, and products) that my dorky math friends have made as well! If you don’t have anything planned for Pi Day, there are TONS of awesome ideas to be shared below!

Can’t wait to see your pics!

Jennifer Smith-Sloane

I can’t wait to see the final chain that your students create! I love how the others took on the tiered activity as well. Nice collaborative and engaging activity for all!

Jennifer Smith-Sloane

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Kim H

Love the Pi Chain activity, can’t wait to see how long it gets!

I wish you an amazing Pi Day, and I know you will make it a great one for your lucky kids!

Kim

Teaching Math by Hart

Benjamin Loiselle

Hey!

I saw that you have a certain interest in Pi and since that tomorrow is the official Pi Day, I wanted to share one of my work on the topic with you: http://bit.ly/1cXkHRw

I hope you like it!

Benjamin Loiselle

Art Director at Kaki

benjamin.loiselle@kakidcm.ca

kakidcm.ca

Sarah Hagan

The pi chain is definitely going on my to-do list for next year’s celebration! I love it!

Brittany Argall

I also teach remediation, and after 3 periods on Friday we got out to 800 digits. We will finish the other 200 on Monday. Thanks for the suggestion to cut in half it made it much easier to manage!

Here are some pictures http://mathmadegr8.blogspot.com/2014/03/happy-pi-day.html

Meredith

Thanks for linking up. What great activities!