[Feature photo above by pauladamsmith.]
Now there is an ancient Greek letter,
And I think no other is better.
It isn’t too tall,
It might look very small,
But its digits, they go on forever.
Mrs. Mitchell’s Virtual School
Time to Celebrate
Are your students doing anything special for Day? After two months with no significant break, we are going stir crazy. We need a day off — and what better way could we spend it than to play math all afternoon?
If you need ideas, here are some great pages:
- Printable Pi Day Sudoku
And another, and another, because with Sudoku, you can’t do just one! And here’s yet one more.
- Pi Day ideas & links from the Math Forum
- Pi Day at Mrs. Burke’s Math Page
Including Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader? Version 1, Version 2, and Pi Day Jeopardy. These PowerPoint games test your students’ knowledge of math and -related trivia. Older students may prefer the online pi trivia game.
- Visualizing Pi
An informative Pi Day infographic.
Since is eternal, last year’s links are not obsolete. So don’t miss the infamous hot-dog toss, how to find your birthday in the digits of , and more:
History of Pi
- A Brief History of
- The Story of Pi
- Things that equal Pi
- The “Jewish” or “Bible” value of pi
Does the Torah really say that = 3?
- A Chronological History of Pi with Developmental Activities in Problem Solving
I would love to use a lesson like this. Unfortunately, it is full of typos and far from user-friendly. Has anyone written a better version?
- Archimedes’ method of exhaustion
I’ll approximate this with my MathCounts kids, using squares and hexagons. Archimedes worked up to a 96-gon, but that is beyond us. High school students may enjoy another Archimedes puzzle.
- MacTutor’s History of Pi
Follow the adventures of from II Chronicles 4 to 20th century Germany, including the still-open question: Is “normal”?
- How Pi Was Almost Equal to Three in Indiana
Would You Call It Pi-etry?
Who knew mathematicians could be so literary?
- Poetry for Pi Day
- Pi-Ku Poetry
- A Challenge for Pi Day: Write Your Own Pi-ku
Add your creation to the comments.
- Circle Digits — A Self-Referential Story
- Poe, E.: Near a Raven
Pi in Your Face
- Fun pi facts and a puzzle from The Joy of Pi
- Pi jokes
- The Pizza Theorem
What is the volume of a pizza of thickness a and radius z?
Mathematical Pi Song
[If the embedded version doesn’t work, click here.]
Personally, I prefer Professor Lesser’s lyrics:
For those who hate to join a bandwagon, here is the curmudgeon’s view:
And check out the alternative holiday for pi’s rival:
[Hat tip: I found several of these links through Mathmom’s post and the comments that followed.]