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Pi (3.14) Day - 3/14/11
On March 14, Mr. Wikfors' 4th and 5th grade AIG classes celebrated Pi Day. This anticipated MATH holiday is celebrated around the world in classrooms, science & math museums, and by math crazy children and adults. Pi Day and Pi Approximation Day are two holidays held to celebrate the mathematical constant (pi) (in the mm/dd date notation: 3/14); since 3, 1 and 4 are the first three decimal digits of Ï€. March 14 is also the birthday of Albert Einstein and the two events are sometimes celebrated together.
Each year students can't wait for Pi Day to arrive. Just after the new year students, start asking about Pi Day and get very excited as the calendar reaches the month of March. "This is one day the students get excited for and remember for a long time," said Mrs. Deaton.
Mr. Wikfors said, "This year I wanted to make Pi Day a whole day experience, so I grouped my 4th and 5th graders together and made a day of it!" Throughout the day many math and Pi related activities were planned:
- students experimented and calculated the circumferences, diameters, radii, and area of circles
- caroled around the school singing Pi Day songs
- caluclated Pi tossing frozen hot dogs
- had a Pi memorization contest - Luke T. memorized 106 digits of Pi!!!!!
- had a Pi eating contest
- listed to Pi related music and videos
- watched the Pi drop (similar to the New Year's Eve ball drop in NYC) on the internet
After the day Mr. Wikfors said, "I'm exhausted, but it was all worth it...to have a fun math related holiday makes it fun for the students and something they will always remember."
In the end, students had a blast! When asked (4th grade) if they were excited to see what Mr. Wikfors will come up with for next year, shouts of excitement rang throughout the classroom.
Written by: Richard Wikfors
Posted: Mar 28, 2011 by Richard Wikfors