1st Edition

Piece of Pi Wit-Sharpening, Brain-Bruising, Number-Crunching Activities With Pi (Grades 6-8)

By Naila Bokari Copyright 2005
    48 Pages
    by Prufrock Press

    There are some topics or problems that have captured the interest of mathematicians for ages. Calculating pi is one of them. While students often encounter pi in the mathematics classroom when applying various formulas, rarely do they use or explore pi in other contexts. This marvelous infinite number we know as pi shows up in many fascinating and mysterious ways. It can be found everywhere, from astronomy and probability, to the physics of sound and light. It is one of the most important numbers that exists.

    Help your students discover the number that has intrigued mathematicians for centuries. Learn different ways pi has been calculated through the ages, use pi to figure out your hat size, perform a variety of experiments to estimate the value of pi, or relate pi to the alphabet. These interesting and exciting activities encourage higher order thinking and offer a complete overview of this important number while giving students practice in important math skills.

    This guide includes detailed lesson plans aligned to NCTM standards and reproducible student worksheets. Use them for Pi Day (March 14), as an enrichment or extension to your existing curriculum, or to challenge your ablest math students.

    Grades 6-8

    Introduction Information for the Instructor Interesting Pi Facts A Chronology of Pi Lessons for Exploring Pi Discovering Aryabhata's Value For Il Pi and the Bible Srinavasa Ramanujan (the Geometric Method) Circular Pi Estimations and Computations For Pi Hats Off to Pi Pi and the Greek Alphabet Button's Needle Experiment Finding the Square Root of Pi Using Random Numbers Archimedes' Method Extra Activities and Material Where Do You Find Pi? Remembering Pi Glossary Information About Mathematicians Resources for Pi


    Naila Bokari