Looking for Pi Day activities?

Looking for ways to celebrate Pi Day on 3/14? We’ve go you covered!

Try these ideas from an earlier post on our blog!

March 14 is coming quickly! Make your plans now to celebrate math with Pi Day using some of these neat resources, books, and ideas. We have links to tons of websites with activity suggestions for all grades. We also have a list of books that you can read and follow up with notebooking pages or lapbooks.

We have started out our day with headbands. On the front of the headband we attached a triangle resembling a slice of pizza pie or a circle resembling a whole pie. The kids colored in their favorite pizza or pie. Then wrote the word “Pi”, underneath that “3.14″, then “(the pi symbol).” We wore our headbands for the rest of the day, so that whenever we looked at one another, the “visual” learners had a reminder of Pi throughout the day.

We read a variety of stories involving the use of measuring a circle and all its measurements. At the same time, we happened to be studying ancient Egypt, so that we were reading a book about Archimedes at the time. Here is a list of books that relate to the study of Pi:

  • Sir Cumference and Dragon of Pi by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Isle of Immeter (diameter of a circle) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the First Round Table (circles) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Sir Cumference and the Sword in the Cone (cone’s dimensions) by Cindy Neuschwander
  • Archimedes and the Door of Science by Jeanne Bendick (the chapters near the end of the book look at Archimedes’ mathematical studies)
  • Piece of Pi: Wit-sharpening, Brain-bruising, Number-Crunching Activities with Pi by Naila Bokhari (activity book)
  • The Joy of Pi by David Blatner (middle to high school range)
  • A History of Pi by Petr Beckmann (high school) (reference to million years old earth on first page)

Part of our day we read books, writing a notebook page summarizing what we learned about Pi on the bottom half of a notebook page and on the top half, drawing diagrams and examples of using Pi in a formula. My younger son had a worksheet with a table to fill in as he measured the circumference, diameter, and radius of objects around the house. My older son had a similar table to complete, but had an extra column where he had to use Pi to calculate the different dimensions of various circular objects around the house. Some Pi activity worksheets can be found at http://search.enchantedlearning.com/cgi-bin/uncgi/search?key=pi and edhelper.com.

To obtain different notebooking pages to write your findings of Pi, go to http://www.notebookingpages.com/index.php?page=free-lined-paper-pages.

Other Pi activities can be found at the following websites:

http://www.education-world.com/a_lesson/lesson/lesson335.shtml

http://schoolwires.henry.k12.ga.us/1516101031153910823/blank/browse.asp?A=383&BMDRN=2000&BCOB=0&C=68630

http://www.mobot.org/education/megsl/pi.html

http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/

http://www.teachpi.org/activities.htm

If you want to have your kids do a Pi lapbook, join Live and Learn Press’s Yahoo group and receive a free wonderful lapbook at liveandlearnpress.com.

You can end your Pi Day celebration like we did, by making a pizza (or ordering one) and taking its measurements using the formula. Enjoy your day making memories no one will forget!

Looking for an interactive Math curriculum or SAT Preparation?

I’ve been watching a particular product that the Homeschool Buyers Co-op has offered in the past for a while now. I have been looking at other products, testing them out with my son, and waiting for our new school year to begin before deciding. Well, I’ve decided to take advantage of the latest Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op offer on Yourteacher.com.

I have been really impressed with the price, contents, delivery, and the sheer value this product has to offer. I am not receiving anything for this endorsement of this site – I’m just sharing it with you in case you might be interested in a math instruction program or an SAT preparation program for your child.

My son will be using Jacob’s Geometry because I love the thinking skills he is developing from using this series and learning how to manipulate numbers and using his problem solving skills. But he needs additional practice to cement the concepts and methods, so that is where Yourteacher.com is going to fit in for us. Also, I love the fact that if you purchase a subscription, you don’t have to just use the one math level or subject area – ALL math levels and subject areas are open to your child for his use. So, we will also be using the PSAT and SAT portion of the program for practice as well.

You can start with a Pre-test to individualize the lessons according to what your child needs to work, watch the appropriate video lesson, practice the skill online, take an online test for feedback, receive scores for your child, and even print out worksheets for more practice. I found the explanations to the point and clearly explained without making the concept appear difficult and complicated. I also appreciated that it was audio/visual for my auditory learner, but visual for me!

Here’s the link for the discounted purchase price. And you can click on the links to get to the site and a demo.

Enjoy!

Celebrate Pi Day is coming!

Here is an old post about Pi Day you might be interested in reading. Are you ready? It’s next Sunday 3/14. There are ideas and lists of books we have used to learn and review about Pi and geometric facts and concepts. Hope you enjoy!

http://charlottemasonhomeschooling.wordpress.com/2009/03/04/celebrate-pi-day/

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