Pi Day

March 15, 2013 · Integrated Arts

Open Classroom K-8 students celebrated Pi Day on Thursday, March 14, 2013 because March is the third month of the year and the first two decimal places of pi are 14. Open Classroom, a Ventura Unified School District (VUSD) K-8 parent cooperative school of choice, hosts Pi Day each year as part of their monthly interdisciplinary projects series.

On Pi Day 2013, students ages 5-14 spent the morning rotating through various math stations. At the polyhedron studies station, students were busy building 3D cubes, tetrahedrons, dodecahedrons and more. Pi Day wouldn’t be the same without pie, so students also baked pies and used pi to determine pie crust size.

Open Classroom has a long tradition of integrating music throughout the curriculum. On Pi Day, children examined pi in musical form by playing the numbers of pi as a musical composition on xylophone, guitar and shakers. They also created new compositions from sections of pi.

Additionally students played math games, did art projects such as pi coded necklaces and listened to books in the Sir Cumference series by Cindy Neuschwander read aloud.

All students also contributed to the Pi Chain. Each year students continue work on a long paper chain with pi extended out hundreds of digits – one digit on each link. New links are added and old links that have become broken are repaired. Sixth grade Tanner was a student leader of the 2013 Pi Chain Center because he wanted to “keep tradition alive because it is important to pass on what we learned to the younger students.”


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