Math = Love: Pi Day Palooza - A Collection of Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day in the Math Classroom

Tuesday, May 19, 2020

Pi Day Palooza - A Collection of Ideas for Celebrating Pi Day in the Math Classroom

You may be thinking to yourself that I've lost it. It's May. Why in the world is Sarah posting about Pi Day?!? Well, this post has been on my to do list since late February. And, then you guys all know what happened in March. The world went crazy. The last day I saw my students in person was March 12th. And, Pi Day was the last thing on my mind. Instead, we spent the day speculating about this COVID-19 virus that the news couldn't stop talking about. We talked about upcoming travel plans that may or may not happen. We discussed when we might see each other again if school did have to shut down. I think a lot of us were kinda excited about the prospect of a two or three week Spring Break. Oh how wrong we were. We didn't know just how much the world was going to change. I remember realizing how it was the least celebrated Pi Day I had ever seen in all my years of being on Twitter. All this time of self-isolation has given me time to go back through my to-blog-about list and make some stuff actually happen.

I've already decided that if I get to, I'm going to go all out for Pi Day 2021. So I'm publishing this post now so it's ready to go for next March. Much like my Math-y Christmas Ideas post, this post is a compilation of Pi Day ideas that have already been shared in various volumes of Monday Must Reads. I've put all the Pi Day posts together in one spot so you can see all your options for celebrating this mathematical holiday. So, if you're a devout follower of this blog and read each and every post, there's nothing new here. Sorry. But, there's probably a post or two that you've forgotten. I know I had, and I wrote every single one of these blurbs!

Enjoy! 

I am a fan of this calculus-based pi day graphing project that Alisa shared.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AlisaHobgood/status/1238572517679300618
RupeleMx challenged his students in Mexico with the Square Pi Puzzle. I love how he also captured the other figures they ended up creating.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/rupeleMX/status/1156996481884332032
Mrs. Richardson shares a great pi day idea - a poster contest. 

Image Source: https://twitter.com/tough_girl27/status/1106193993375854593
Vicki Biarnesen shares a yummy non-pie treat for Pi Day.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/vickibteach6/status/1106169880766758918
Vincent Pantaloni shares a fun fact to share on Pi Day.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/panlepan/status/1142698280436011011
Megan Geltner inspires with a Pi Passport idea. Perfect if you're already thinking about how to celebrate the next Pi Day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsGeltnerVHHS/status/1097496314609324034
Becca Phillips shares an awesome pi day t-shirt idea from her daughter. Sadly, 2020 doesn't appear until 7000 digits into pi...

Image Source: https://twitter.com/RPhillipsMath/status/1103841210177937409
Yet another pi day idea from PGCPS Secondary Math to file away for next year! Great idea for decorating with some pi day coloring sheets.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/PGCPSMSHSMath/status/1106210042611748864
Cheryl Tavernelli shares a winning entry in a Pi Day Character Contest. What would your students come up with?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/CTavernelli/status/1106271098612711425
And, check out this awesome photo day opportunity for Pi Day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/twilhelmGMS/status/1106321141260578818
I must share this mathematician dress-up contest idea from Renita Bushell for Pi Day. Can you guess the mathematicians?

Image Source: https://twitter.com/TidyClassroom/status/1106238154854592514
Mary Platt shares a great water-color based pi day lesson.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/Mary4Math/status/974005563074936832
I love Becky Roloff's idea of having a Pi Day Coloring Contest.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrsroloff/status/974032069776101378
I love this finding pi activity from Annette Williams.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/AWilliamsAdvKY/status/1019238995333730306
I love Ms. R's idea of making pi necklaces on Pi Day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsRuffini/status/976628757594218496
Laura Frcka shares a new-to-me idea for Pi Day: pin the radius on the circle.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/mrsfrcka/status/841762713139322884
I'm super inspired by how Priscilla arranged her desks for Pi Day!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/seesmanp1/status/974421091744657408
Sabrina Grasso shares a brilliant use for a hula hoop while celebrating Pi Day.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsGrassoAPHS/status/973964537220214784
I've seen skylines made of pi before, but Sarah Gyimoty takes it a step further with the first 180 digits of pi!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrsGyimotyAPHS/status/973991894530306049
I am amazed at Lisa Rode's creativity in creating these Pi Day trophies.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/roderunners/status/975541426112159747
Already thinking about next year's Pi Day celebration? Make it a school wide celebration with this idea from Pep Anton Vieta.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pquimic/status/974383028221939718
I also love this colorful Pi Day display from Jae Ess!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/jaegetsreal/status/971126941142147072
Preparing to celebrate Pi Day? Check out this awesome Pi-Day themed WODB from Zach Armstrong.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/aethirv/status/972888574780674049
Texas Math Teacher shares a fun twist on Tenzi (one of my favorite dice games ever!) that is perfect for Pi Day.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/wendytiedt/status/972610881753370624
Are you getting geared up for Pi Day? Check out this awesome Pi Day Dingbats challenge from Ms. O'Donnell Maths.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MsODonnellMaths/status/968418599030403073
Jacqueline Tishler shares the idea of engaging students with a kahoot on pi facts.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/jmtishler/status/709370504403099648
Mariel Mates wants to encourage crafty math teachers to knit or crochet their own pi day scarf that has rows of colors corresponding to the digits of pi.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/marielgm9/status/937260396708327429
It's time to start prepping for Pi Day. Here's a Pi Day Sudoku Puzzle shared by Cliff Pickover.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/pickover/status/960140486181900288
Denis Sheeran shares another idea for celebrating Pi Day that involves a circle drawing contest.  Check out all the details here.


It's never too early to start planning for Pi Day. Wendy Sargent shares some ideas for celebrating.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/sargent_wendy/status/709348781108629504
Already starting to think about Pi Day? Mr. Downin shares a creative idea: hide pi symbols around the school for your students to find!

Image Source: https://twitter.com/MrDownin/status/576333435066781696
Elizabeth Raskin engaged her students in a very visual discovery of pi. I've seen a lot of pi-related activities, but this one was completely new to me.

Image Source: https://twitter.com/elizraskin/status/855103639416733699

Have other great Pi Day ideas? Leave them in the comments!

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