This Pi Day Packet includes a lot of great activities for students grades 5-8. I have used these in my classroom for years and my students always seem to enjoy it! :)
* Pi Day Memorization Challenge
* Pi Day Photo Digits
* Pi Day Bingo
* Pi Day Arrangement Activity
* Pi Day Pie Recipe Card Stations
These are the ways that I use all of these in my classroom on Pi Day. (Or the week of Pi Day!)
1.) Hand out 100 digit memorization cards to students the Monday before the Pi Day celebration. (Or a week prior.)
2.) Play Pi Music on Pi Day to get kids jazzed to come into your classroom.
3.) Ask students to begin class by writing down as many digits of pi as they memorized. Students who memorize the most in their class are invited to a pizza pi party the following week.
4.) Line up students 5-8 at a time in front of the room and have them hold up digits of pi for a class photo. If you teach middle school, display this after Pi Day to showcase your students to x digits of pi. :)
5.) Pass out cards of pi digits and have students arrange themselves in order of pi. Mix up the cards and do it again, silent! :)
6.) Put students in 6 different groups and push desks together. Hand out apple pie recipe cards and station questions to each group. Set a timer for 2 minutes and have students rotate through all six stations. (This station activity doesn't have to be done on Pi Day but is a fun addition as a play on words. There is one question regarding pi and a cylinder (a pie) but the majority of the questions are conversion questions using a recipe card. Super fun activity but not necessarily only for Pi Day!)
7.) End class with Pi Day bingo! If you have randomly been telling students all week different random facts about Pi Day and if they are familiar with using pi in class, they should do wonderful. I have students mark on the game boards using different symbols for each game and I typically give out dollar store prizes for the winners.
8.) Not included with the packet but always included in my Pi Day celebration is Oatmeal Creme Pies! :) I have my students find the area of the Oatmeal Creme Pie before they are allowed to eat it.
- At my school we ask all Middle School students to memorize as many digits of pi as they can. If they can memorize at least 10 digits of pi (using their memorization card of 100) then they get to vote for the teacher they would most like to see get pied in the face. (10 digits gets 1 ticket. Multiple digits memorized does not receive multiple tickets to vote.) The three teachers with the most votes then get pied in the face at an assembly at the end of Pi Day by someone that voted for them. The two students that memorize the most digits in the entire middle school get to pie our Assistant Principal and Principal in the face. It is AMAZING. Kids love it.
- Form your entire class in a pi symbol and have students hold up the digits of pi that their class represents. This is an awesome way to showcase Pi Day to parents and the community.
Pi Day Music Faves - "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" by the Four Tops and "American Pie" by Don McLean
I hope your Pi Day celebration is a success!
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