Happy Pi Day everyone!! One of my classes is extremely interested in Pi, so I thought it would be fun to celebrate March 14th this year! Some students created Pi Skylines. Each building represents a different digit of Pi. The only constraint was that the building shapes and sizes had to be consistent within the digits. A few students even competed to fit the most digits of Pi on their paper.
We also made Pi "Cootie Catchers." I found this free resource here. Students loved them! Some even started memorizing the digits of Pi!! I have a couple of books that incorporate math and fortune tellers that I forgot about. I'll have to pull them back out!
Have a Happy Pi Day, Saint Patrick's Day, and March Madness Week!
A month or so ago, I posted about students writing Breakup Letters based on the Declaration of Independence. Here are the students who won the competition. Great Job Everyone!
Have you ever created a Kahoot? Kids LOVE playing Kahoot! It's like an interactive gameshow. I use it a lot to review vocabulary or in Social Studies to review for an assessment. I've also had students create Kahoots as part of an Anchor Assignment.
Have you ever been at a social event and played Left-Right-Center? Well, I created a school version and called it Left-Right-Answer. I thought I was the first teacher to ever think up such a creative review game, but alas, there are teachers way ahead of me. Like this one who already created the dice.
Anyways, It's a great way to use task cards! Students are in small groups and one player rolls the dice. If the dice lands on "Left" or "Right" the student sitting on their left or right has to take a task card and solve the problem. If the student rolls an "Answer" they have to answer the question. Students had a super fun time! They keep asking me when they can play again :)
Our fabulous math coach found this website that has TONS of great critical thinking questions sorted by standard. I used the questions as review for our district common assessments.
Since we have common assessments this week, I decided to have a little fun with circles. This isn't a fifth grade standard, but it is a good into to polygons which is a standard. Also, it just so happens to be the week before Pi Day and it is a good reference for why we need Pi.
I introduced the vocabulary of circles by reading them Sir Cumference and the First Round Table. I love incorporating Children's Literature into my lessons!
Then, students blew bubbles and used rulers to measure the diameter of their bubble circles. They calculated the circumference of the circles and then divided the circumference by the diameter to show how to calculate Pi. It was a messy, but super fun activity!
We ended the week working on a scavenger hunt I purchased here. I can't wait for Pi Day on Monday! I think the students have a good foundation of Pi and polygons as we move forward with our unit next week!
In Social Studies, we picked up our government unit by looking at each branch of government. I started with he Legislative Branch, since the students are the most familiar with it. We watched the movie, So You Want to be President? (based off the book by Judith St. George and David Small. Students then collaborated to complete a mystery word puzzle.
Write something about yourself. No need to be fancy, just an overview.