March 14th (the date representation of the universally known 3.1415926…) is drawing near, so we’ve prepared several Pi Day activities for your classroom! While math can be a touchy subject among students, especially for middle and high schoolers, using holiday-themed activities to reinforce concepts being taught in the classroom is extremely effective in keeping student interest. This is especially true for math classrooms when the holiday’s origin is mathematics itself!
Our team of educators here at Piqosity know how stressful it can be finding the right themed math activities for your classroom, especially if Pi Day 2022 snuck up on you! Each of these fun, minimal-prep Pi Day activities is a wonderful way to get students excited about math while they practice their geometry skills. Plus, we’ve also included a set of original Piqosity math questions all about pi (π) to put your students’ hard work to the test!
Pi Day Math Activities
1. Math Facts Puzzles – Create a Pie!
Teaching Elementary students that are not yet acquainted with the purpose of pi? You can still celebrate the holiday! This resource contains four different circular puzzles, each quizzing students on addition, subtraction, multiplication, or division – perfect for any lower-level math curriculum.
Prepping for this free printable Pi Day activity is easy as pie – all you need to do is simply print copies! Students will have a stellar time connecting the puzzle pi-eces and coloring them in to create a pi-cturesque math masterpiece!
Created and made available for free download by HoJo.
Interested in introducing your students to the concept of pi or intriguing them with tales of its use or history? The Conversation has several engaging articles on the topic, all written by expert academics, that can be read together as a class or independently! We recommend the piece on how pi pops up everywhere in our world or the one on the origin of pi!
2. Last Minute, No-Prep Pi Day Activities
This resource is perfect for educators who have suddenly found themselves on or near March 14th with no Pi Day plans! (No judgment from us—we forgot until the week before!) It contains a list of several Pi Day no-prep activities that range in difficulty and class-time investment—from a “Pi Day Memorization Contest” to a “Circle Hunt”, you’re sure to find an idea that works for your class.
It gets even better—the file includes a fun “Pi or Pie” word search with terms relating either to the number or the dessert as well as a printout with 1000 digits of Pi! These activities are great if you have anywhere between five minutes and five hours to spare for celebration, created to support any busy classroom.
Created and made available for free download by Elementary Inquiry.
3. Pi Day Maze – Finding Area and Circumference
Have higher level students that are already familiar with pi? They will love this twist on their usual geometry assignments! This Pi Day freebie is a maze to be navigated with their knowledge of pi and its formulas.
The sheet has 15 multiple choice questions of moderate difficulty and an answer sheet. The activity is printable, but it can be easily distributed digitally for virtual learners!
Created and made available for free download by Never Give Up on Math.
4. Pi Day Area & Circumference Word Problems
Is your math classroom knee-deep in standardized test prep? Don’t worry, celebrating Pi Day won’t derail your plans; in fact, this next activity is a chance for your students to practice the word problems they’ll encounter on any math test.
Digital and print-friendly, this resource has five word problems all about pi, suitable for middle and high school students. Students will be tasked to solve for both circumference and area throughout these problems, so we’ll be surprised if they aren’t experts at using pi formulas by the time they turn this worksheet in!
Created and made available for free download by Math in the Middle.
5. The Circumference of a Circle Pi Day Activity
Most often, the key in having students learn how to use a particular math procedure or formula is: practice, practice, practice. This low-prep worksheet has over 20 problems in order to help your students build proficiency (and confidence) in finding the circumference of a circle when provided with a diameter or radius.
Expecting to have early finishers or want to take it up a notch? Choose a few of the provided figures and have your students find the area of those circles!
Created and made available for free download by 123 Math.
Pi Day Activities – Math Questions by Piqosity
Piqosity’s team of educators have developed the following pi-centric mathematics questions, of increasing difficulty and covering a variety of ways in which pi is used, to test students on crucial math skills while continuing the celebration.
Original Pi Day Math Questions
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We hope you’ve found these fun Pi Day activities insightful and resourceful for your classroom, both in their engaging celebration of the holiday and in the plentiful opportunities to sharpen key math skills for students. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for our upcoming holiday activities blogs: Earth Day, Easter, and Ramadan are all next month, so don’t let your classroom miss out!
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