Last Updated: 10/11/2013*

Math Hero Profile - Patricia Sanders

Each year I help the sixth grade math teachers in my school conduct our annual Pi Day Celebration. I help teachers develop activities to use with students so they understand that Pi is the ratio of the circumference to the diameter. Students also work in small groups to color code the digits and make a chain of the colors to show that the first 100 digits in Pi do not repeat in a pattern. One favorite activity is asking parents to donate their child’s favorite round dessert. Students then divide the dessert into pieces by using the diameter, circumference, radii, and arcs. Next comes the fun part which is sharing the dessert and eating it while debriefing what we have learned.

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