*sings* It’s the most wonderful DAAAAAAAAAY of the year…..

Okay, okay, that may have been a *wee* bit drastic, but it IS one of my FAVORITE days of the school year! I posted on Wednesday about some of the awesomeness that had been happening with my kiddos and within our school, but wanted to update you on how the week played out!

My 8th grade resource math class worked on Area and Circumference of Circles. We broke into three teams and had a “speed” and “accuracy” competition.

The teams scrambled to work through the formulas and were quick to ask for help (they usually like to dawdle around as long as they can before they ask) when they needed it.

One group decided to wrap it around one of their teammates to keep the length under wraps!

All three teams finished within minutes of each other. We ended up connecting all 3 chains together and decorating the wall.

All three groups enjoyed a plate of homemade chocolate chip cookies… I’m sure that had nothing to do with how fast they worked and how excited they got to complete the project ðŸ™‚

The Fifth grade teachers held their annual Pi decorating contest! The kiddos get to take their pi home to work on it for one week. They are able to do whatever they wish with the pi shape. When they return they are given a number so that the judging is less of a popularity contest. Here are some of the awesome designs they came up with!

The top winner from each of the four classes was given a lunch party. All four students were able to invite a friend to join them at lunch on Friday and they enjoyed a tasty Pizza lunch!

I think the 5th grade teachers must’ve stopped by my room while I was at lunch, because I came back to a nice plated treat ðŸ™‚

Oh! And I need to update you on the

Pi Chain! My kiddos ended up linking 1000 digits! After we finished putting it together, we decided to brighten up the school and found a great spot to display our mathematical art.

The kiddos wanted to take a pic with their art and I thought you would crack of seeing them recreate their “geometrical” poses! Lots of “rays”, “right angles” and “parallels” in this pic! TOO cute!

And finally… here’s this years pi shirt! I purchased it at my favorite math dork store

The Science TEEcher! Love all of Digby’s shirts (and own most of them!)

I hope you had a wonderful pi day! If you haven’t shared your pi pic yet, you still have a few hours to enter my Pi Day Giveaway! Just email me at missmathdork@gmail.com with your picture and a blurb about what you did for Pi day and I will link it to my

Facebook page! The winners will be announce tonight (3/16) at 8pm EST!

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Debbie Hurtado

My 6th graders made paper chains. We started with 1/2 and other terminating decimals. We rolled into 1/3 and other repeating decimals. Then we made a chain with the first 100 digits of Pi and could ‘see’ what irrational looks like. Our principal proudly wore her Pi necklace (she’s a good sport). My 7th grade class used Chromebooks to enter circumferences and diameters from a variety of circular objects. I displayed the shared Google spreadsheet in the front of the class. When we were done measuring we created a formula to see just how close everyone got to 3.14 (three measurements were exactly 3.14 – a first for us!). We wrapped up the day with a scatterplot and a quick discussion about outliers (because there was a big, fat, obvious one that popped up). Overall it was a fun day.

Jamie Riggs

Sounds like an awesome day!! If you email me a pic, I can post it on FB and enter you to win a gift certificate ðŸ™‚

Heather Volmerding

This is such a great idea!! Thanks for sharing. I also teach Middle School Math and I am always looking for more ways to make things more exciting and engaging. I am new to blogging and reading through your posts has been very inspirational and the kick I need to being sharing some of my own! Thanks! Smack Dab in the Middle

Brooke

I cannot find the post with the ornaments for Pi Day. I looked at it last week and received the cookie cutter in the mail yesterday. Could I please have the recipe? Thanks!

MissMathDork

I believe the link you are looking for is halfway down the page in the following post ðŸ™‚ http://www.missmathdork.com/2015/02/are-you-ready-for-pi-day/

Brooke

I tried that earlier and just now. This is what it said, “Sorry no posts match your criteria.” I am not sure why! Thank you for your quick reply.

MissMathDork

Sorry for that! I just changed a setting, see if that helps. If not, email me at missmathdork@gmail.com and I’ll send you the blog post a different way. Again, my apologies!