Enjoy teaching pi to your intermediate-grade students. They’ll love discovering the mysterious 3.141592643…
What do you have planned? Take a peek at these fun activities and links for your fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students. Discovering the mystery and the history has just begun!
There’s nothing cooler than finding pi yourself. Just ask your students to find the relationship between the circumference and diameter of circular objects in your class. (Shhh, don’t let them know what they’re finding. It’s better to do this a day or two before Pi Day.) Click here to download a free one-page recording sheet.
The History of Pi
Who discovered pi anyway? Actually, mathematicians from around the world have worked to unlock the secrets of pi for thousands of years. Researching the history of pi makes a fun Pi Day activity. If you’re looking for something quick and packaged, try this Pi Timeline Activity.
Frequency and Pi
Geek out more on Pi Day! Ask your students to explore the frequency of specific numbers in the first hundred digits of pi. Tally tables, frequency tables, and line plots help students organize their data in Frequency and Pi.
My favorite learning link is Circles: What Is Pi? (8 minutes). This video from Math Antics explains circles and pi.
I post new ideas, activities, and free downloads every week. Click here for an index (and to see what’s coming soon!)
Enjoy teaching pi!