1. Quiet morning activity: Write as many digits in pi as you can around a paper plate
I used a paper plate for two reasons: I have 75 kids and they are CHEAP! And, of course, it's a circle. The directions were on the projector when the kids walked in and they quickly figured out they needed to sit as close to the board as possible so as not to miss a single digit. I only gave them about ten minutes to make their paper plate. I wanted them to have something to take home to show their parents as well as something to study from for our Pi contest. More on that later! This activity also got them wondering what the heck pi was! Here are some paper plate making shots:
|Allison ended up getting 4th place in our pi contest!|
|All the lovely objects we have to measure! Yes, that is my soap from my bathroom, and my coffee mug :)|
|"Ms. McHugh, did you even wash out your mug?"|
|Pretty accurate I would say!|
|Partners hard at work measuring and loving every moment of it!|
|What a great day!|
Once we were finished, we had a lengthy discussion about what we learned. Ultimately, I wanted them to see that the circumference of a circle was about three time its diameter. We used our knowledge of finding the unknown (all our algebra work is paying off!) to figure out that if you don't know the circumference, but you do know the diameter, you can use pi to help you find it. There were a couple ah ha moments at this point. I literally saw the understanding unfold on Ivy's face! It was neat to see her go through the process of understanding using our measuring activity and finding 3.14 was (about) the ratio each time, to knowing that she could always use that to find circumference. These are the moments people! The ah ha moments! :)
5. Short video
We always try to wrap up with a short video from StudyJams, and today was no different. It gives them a chance to listen to someone else talk about what we learned and they do a great job of putting concepts into real world situations. If you haven't checked out StudyJams yet, I encourage you to do so!
On a day like today, you have to have a fun treat! Every student received a cookie, but don't worry, we found its diameter and circumference first! YUM!
7. Contest time!
Lastly, I held a digit reciting contest. I gave them until the next day to see how many digits they could memorize in pi. It was completely optional and just for fun. I was so impressed by how many students really got into it, and memorized WAY more digits than I ever could! Our winner was Cale: he memorized 78 digits! WOW!
All in all, this will stand to be one of my favorite days of the year. I think my students would have to agree!