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On this Day in Math
Pat's Blog gives you math events that happen on each date - very informative -
365 Reasons to Celebrate -
Squares/Square Root day
Are the last two digits of the year a perfect square like 2016? Celebrate 4/4/16 it's the time to celebrate squares or square roots! This day doesn't occur every year but be on the lookout!
Women in Math Celebration
his celebration isn’t set on a fixed date, but usually takes place sometime in the spring in middle and high schools. It is meant to encourage young women to pursue a career in a math or science field. Inspired by Sonia Kovalevsky, an important Russian mathematician and born on January 15,1850. it is a great time to celebrate Women in Math/Science. Other great women in math can be found at: h
Odd day is a day that singles out those ODD numbers. It occurs when three consecutive odd numbers make up a date– something that happens only six times a century. The last Odd Day was 7/9/11 and the next will be on 9/11/13.
Holidays by the Calendar
March is Black History month
Get information on Black Mathematicians - check out the resources at
February 7 - e Day
Calculating e, fun facts about e -
Putting the e into the Simpson's -
Celebrate "e" Day -
February 14 - Valentine's Day and George Ferris' Birthday
Very cool HEARTs for
curves and their equations
More heart graphs with equations at Desmos.com -
Valentine's Day for Math Nerds - video of graphs associated with Valentine's Day! -
Origami Hearts with tutorials -
Feb 14 is
George Ferris' birthday
- the inventor of the classic (and often romantic) ride - the Ferris wheel - that bears his name.
History of the Ferris Wheel -
YouTube, student-made video - the math of the Ferris Wheel -
Math Lesson -
3rd Monday in February - Presidents' Day
YummyMath.com gives you a great activity for Presidents' Day. Have students learn a little of the history of the day while they check out how much various presidents have earned - project description
- .pdf file with worksheet and data:
Math Hunt - U.S. Presidents: Lessons and Activities at
End of February - Math for the Academy Awards
Official Academy Awards site with facts about the awards -
a great place to visit to make your own activities/problems!
The 2013 Oscars for Math Nerds -
Ben's Oscar Forecast blog -
- find out how Ben Zauzmer, a Harvard student calculates his predictions and some trivia as well. Are the Oscars predictable? Here's what they're writing about Ben Zauzmer -
Oscar Math Activity
from YummyMath -
CCSS: 7.NS.3, A-CED.1, F-LE.1, F-LE.2
For members Yummy Math has Word docs, an Excel sheet and solutions.
Two more Oscar’s related activities:
You can also use either of their last year’s activities,
Movie ticket prices over time
How many movies can you see in one day
to bring the excitement of the Academy Awards into your classroom.
March is Women in History month
Get information on Women Mathematicians - check out the resources at
March 1 - Dr. Suess' Birthday
Dr. Seuss Math Story Problems -
Dr. Seuss Day: Math Activities -
Printables, activities and more for Dr. Suess
30 Dr. Seuss Quotes that can Change Your Life
Dr. Seuss on the Web -
March 14 - Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday
The Greek mathematician Archimedes approximated pi by inscribing and circumscribing polygons about a circle and calculating their perimeters. Similarly, the value of pi can be approximated by calculating the areas of inscribed and circumscribed polygons. This activity from NCTM's Illuminations allows for the investigation and comparison of both methods.
Grab some images for posters or handouts from NCTM for PI day:
My Pinterest collection of Pi Day resources and activities along with some ways to celebrate Einsten's birthday!
π is a ratio that exists in nature - It is most important that students realize this: know how it is calculated (circumference of a circle/diameter), learn about
, and the mathematical significance of pi. There are all sorts of activities of Pi Day that celebrate its history as well as the silly and sometimes creative activities in classrooms.
Pi Day Word Problems:
Pi Day Word Problems.docx
3SMART notebook files
for Pi Day with .pdf's:
Download the activities as a .pdf:
Pi Day 2015.pdf
Download the activities as a SMART Notebook file:
Here's a real Pi Day challege - An extended Pi Sudoku -
NCTM's Pi Day -
Illuminations Pi Day Posters - very fun -
Department of Education's Blog - 5 Great ways to Celebrate Pi Day on 3/14 -
A shocking formula to calculate any digit of Pi without having to know any of
the preceding digits (see picture to the right)
Pi Day Princeton -
- all sorts of things for and about Pi Day/Einstein's Birthday on this site.
To the tune of American Pie: video with song -
3 versions of the Pi song -
American Pi lyrics -
Pi Symphony -
Pi 10K -
See how Count Buffon in estimated the value of pi in 1733 by dropping a needle....his method is now called Buffon's Needle. Drop a needle virtually on the
How to Estimate Pi with Buffon's Needles
or read about the
Buffon's Needle Problem
Pi in a domino spiral... fun to watch -
Marc A. Umile is known to many as the Pi Guy - In January,2007 the 40-year old from Upper Darby, PA became the North American record-holder for memorizing pi. He made it to the 12,887th digit.
Enjoy his Poem.:
A BIG SLICE OF PI.doc
Math joke for "Pi Day." Consider a pizza with radius z and thickness a. Then, its volume is "pizza" (or pi*z*z*a)
World Record Holder for reciting digits of Pi -
ViHart's Singing PiGram(2013) -
ViHart's AntiPi Rant -
Einstein Jigsaw Puzzles - play them on the Web:
April 1 - April Fools Day- Check this out!
September, 2013 (only this year) - Odd Day
It occurs when three consecutive odd numbers make up a date– something that happens only six times a century. The last Odd Day was 7/9/11 and the next will be on 9/11/13. (and 11/13/15)
October 10 - Pi-e Day
in base e (the e of natural logarithms, or the ``other’’ commonly studied math number which exists in nature) begins 10.10..., so that would make Pi-e Day October 10 anywhere. (π in base π= 10.) (
October 23 - Mole Day
This number is best known to science teachers, especially those teaching Chemistry. The mole, Avagadro’s number (6.02×10^23) that’s used as a basic unit of measure in chemistry. It’s observed on October 23rd from 6:02 am to 6:02 pm, and can include enjoying anything mole related from mole sauce to creating a mole to playing Whack-a-Mole. Seems like puns are celebrated on this day!
National Mole Day Website -
Mobius' Birthday - celebrate it with this puzzle- Mobius Double Cross -
November 23 - Fibonacci Day
Are you a math nerd? Nov. 23 is the celebration of Fibonacci’s sequence. This sequence, made famous by the Italian mathematician, creates a spiral and begins with the numbers 1, 1, 2, 3, so the holiday is celebrated on November 23rd of each year. Celebrate with Fibonacci problems, look at it's applications, and/or enjoy Italian Food.
Lesson Plan for Fibonacci numbers and the golden section -
The Mathematical Magic of the Fibonacci Numbers -
Explore Pascal's Triangle on your SMART Board - download the Notebook file:
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