This year we were finally able to bring Pi Day back! On Monday, March 14th our students gathered together to enjoy pie their parents had sent to school for us. Our deal was that it was packaged instead of homemade and we all rolled with it! Check out our Pi Day facts slides deck that we kicked off our time together with.
Pi Day Slide Show
Select the image below to see our class pictures from our Pi Day celebration. You can also select the link in the caption.
Our Pi Chain
Keeping in the tradition of our prior years, we had offered different activities for the crew. Starting with our first period of the day we began work on our digits of pi chain. I started with a list of 100 and quickly realized I would have to print a longer list! We made a chain to represent almost 500 digits of pi!
Thank you to all the families who hopped right onto our Sign-Up Genius and offered to bring in pie for our day. Over the years, I’ve become really trusting that people will remember to do what they say they will do. I didn’t even remind people myself!! Oh how technology and all our reminders have helped us – even on a Monday, everyone remembered! I did make my husband get me a few backup mini pies and some oatmeal cream pies for kids who don’t like pie. We had so many, we were even able to skim off some of the mid-sized single serve pies for our raffle.
About the activities
Each year I throw in a word search to go along with the math activities. Again this year it was the most popular choice along with the pi chain. This always surprises me. I offer it with feelings of guilt because it really isn’t math. But, the kids love to just hang out with friends, find words and eat pie.
I was pleased that so many kids took me up on the opportunity to do some math problems to enter into a raffle. Each correct problem received an entry. I had enough extra little pies (thank you families for sending in enough that we had extra for this) to give out pies to everyone who completed a problem correctly!
We skipped the memorizing of the digits of pi this year – but in prior years we have had a really solid showing! I’m certain that this crew could have held their own with any of my prior classes.
We’ve repurposed our chain to hang as a decoration around our room and give us a nice visual reminder of just how FEW weeks our kids have left in grade 8. I can’t believe it – but yes it is happening. They are almost high school students. We have just 11 weeks left together to learn and enjoy our time in the middle school.