Monday, March 14, 2011

Monday Meanderings - Give me some Pi

It may look like I may a spelling error in the headline but it is not incorrect. Today is March 14th or 3/14, Pi day. Pi is approximately equal to 3.14159265 in the usual decimal notation and one of the most important mathematical constants. Pi is used by mathematicians, scientists and engineers the world round. Celebrate Pi day with your family using some of the links and ideas shared below.

First, it is only right that we go to the website for the Pi Day Organization. This link takes you directly to some teacher ideas to discuss PI with kids.

Next we have Dr. Math with a great and easy explanation of Pi and what the value really means. There are also links to several other pages about teaching math to kids based on their age.

Now it is time to measure the circumference of some yummy treats! Have a whole meal made of nothing but round items.

First we have the Impossibly Easy Taco Pie from Betty Crocker. Make this for dinner and before slicing, let the kids measure it. Some suggestions for sides: pineapple slices, cherry tomatoes, sliced and sauteed squash or sliced carrots. The list of round foods is almost as infinite as PI.

For dessert I would recommend cookies or pie, both of which would be round again. Here is a recipe from Very Best Baking for Funny Face Cookie Pops.

The newest craze are cake balls and here is a good recipe from Bakerella for red velvet cake balls.

Enjoy Pi day!

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