Sunday, March 1, 2015

Celebrate Pi Day in Math on March 14th

Math - PI Day

March 14 or 3-14 is also known as Pi Day in lots of Math Classes!

Pi Day is sort of a Math Holiday and often is celebrated with real PIE. Do you prefer Pizza Pie,  Dessert Pie, or another type of Pie?

Here are 2 different math (geometry) activities to try with your math classes (mostly for middle school but the 2nd one can be done with younger kids.) Then I'll give you some awesome links to get LOTS more activities to celebrate PI Day on March 14 (or any day that you want to work on diameter and circumference of circles for middle school kids plus other FUN math activities for younger kids {kindergarten and elementary grades} and ALL ages.)

Activity 1- Learning about PI


  • (3) different size circles or cylinders for each pair or small group of students
  • yarn or string
  • scissors
  • rulers or tape measures
  • calculators (optional)
  • paper and pencils


  1. Divide the students into pairs or groups.
  2. Discuss/Review diameter and circumference of a circle.
  3. Have students measure the diameter of the 1st circle with a ruler or tape measure and write it down.
  4. Ask students how they should measure the circumference of circle 1. Elicit from the students that they should use string, then cut and measure the string.
  5. Have students measure the circumference of the 1st circle (outside edge of the circle) with the string or yarn, then remove the string from the circle and measure the string with their ruler or tape measure. They need to write down the measurement of the circle (the circumference).
  6. Have students divide the circumference by the diameter.
  7. Continue with the same procedure to measure circle or cylinder 2 and 3.
  8. In each case, when the students divide the circumference by the diameter, they should get 3.14 or 3 1/7.
  9. Discuss with students how this happens with ALL circles.

Activity2-Learning about PI

  • Repeat steps 1 and 2 from above.
  • Have students wrap the string around the circumference of their circle or cylinder, then cut the string.
  • Next have students stretch the string across the diameter of circle 1 or cylinder 1.
  • Have the students cut as many diameters as possible from the string.
  • They should get 3 diameters plus a small piece (1/7 or 0.14).
  • Repeat for circles or cylinders 2 and 3.
  • Have students explain PI based on the activity they just completed.

Here are some great links with lots of great ideas and videos to celebrate PI.

Elementary Grades

Kindergarten Activities

Teachers Pay Teachers has hundreds of great lessons both free and paid.

Here's a great math book to help teach about circles and Pi. 

Have lots of fun with math !!!!

Happy Pi Day!


Monday, February 23, 2015

Teachers Are Heroes TPT Sale - Feb. 25th

It's time for a TpT site-wide SALE! The date is Wednesday, February 25.

These huge site-wide sales only come 4 times a year, so check out the entire site for everything you will need for awhile!

During the sale everything in my store will be 28% off. (20% from me and TPT will take an additional discount when you enter CODE "HEROES" to equal 28%) LOTS of sellers will have sales in their stores.

Here is a link to my store.

Have fun shopping!


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

St. Patrick's Day Craft Activities

One month from today it will be St. Patrick's Day!

Here are a couple of suggestions for activities to do with the kids.

First, you could make Shamrock Paper Plate Clocks with the kids to help with teaching or reviewing telling time as a math activity. Second, since rainbows have become symbols of luck and celebration on St. Patrick's Day, a fun science activity is to learn the colors of the rainbow with a great video, a wonderful children's book, and an art or craft activity.

Both of these ideas are in previous posts, so just click on the 2 links below to get directions and more information.

Stay warm and think spring!


Monday, February 9, 2015

Heart Penguin Craft Activity

Here is a simple craft activity that's great if you are teaching a unit on penguins or if you are home with the kids on a snow day! Only a few materials are needed.

  • construction paper (black, white, and orange)
  • scissors
  • google eyes
  • paste or glue

  • Cut 5 heart shapes (1 large white, 2 medium black, 3 small orange)
  • Cut one of the black hearts in half.
  • Assemble the parts and glue or paste. See the picture above.
  • Add a set of google eyes!

Next it's time to read a good book about penguins. I'll add a few suggestions at the end of this post.

Stay warm!
It's 18 degrees here in New England and we are in the middle of a storm that is leaving us with 14 to 24 inches of snow! Yikes!




Thursday, January 29, 2015

Football People Craft Activity for Kids

With Super Bowl only a few days away, I thought you might like a little craft to do with the kids!
This paper craft is super easy and only needs a few supplies.

Super Bowl  - Go Pats!

Supplies needed:
  • paper - any kind is fine!
  • scissors
  • crayon or marker
  • google eyes (or use crayon or marker to make eyes)
  • glue, paste, or stapler

Supplies for Craft Project

  •  Have students, draw a football on a piece of construction paper or any kind of paper (even a brown paper bag!)  Basicly draw an oval type shape. This is the body. For younger students, make a template that they can trace. Also draw 4 small footballs to be the hands and feet.
  • Cut 4 thin strips of paper for the arms and legs. Then fold the strips back and forth accordion style.
  • Staple or glue the arms and legs to the body. Then staple or glue the hands and feet.
  • Glue on the google eyes or draw eyes and a mouth! :)
You can also make this craft any time of year and choose your students' favorite team colors!

I also have a fun football Odd and Even Coloring page for your kids! Just click on the link below.

Check out my Pinterest Board - "February" for other craft and educational ideas for Football Season, Valentine's Day, Groundhog Day, etc. Just click the link below.

Enjoy Super Bowl!!!!!!


Friday, January 23, 2015

Free Football Odd and Even Coloring Printable

Super Bowl is almost here! :)

In New England, we are so very, very, very excited because our favorite football team, the New England Patriots, will be there playing along with the Seattle Seahawks!!!

So in honor of both teams being in the Super Bowl, I have for your students 2 fun Odd and Even Football Printables.

Each worksheet has lots of footballs with odd and even numbers. Students will color in the footballs on the first worksheet with red and blue crayons in honor of the Patriots and blue and green crayons on the second worksheet in honor of the Seahawks.

Football Odd and Even Coloring

These free printable worksheets can be downloaded directly from my website. Just click on the link below.

Stay Warm! (We're expecting lots of snow here in New England in the next 24 hours!)


Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Free Valentine's Day 120 Number Chart Fill-In

If you are working on number sequence to 120 with your young students, it's good to have a variety of resources with different themes to keep the kids engaged and interested.

Last month, I posted a free Winter 120 Number Chart . You can see that post here.

Today, I want to give you  a Valentine's Day 120 Number Chart for students to fill in and then color.
Valentine's Day 120 Number Chart Fill-In

You can download this free chart at my website. Just click on the link below.

Have fun with math!



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