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Davis students experience more than just π (pi) 

Davis students experience more than just π (pi) 

Sixth grade students at Davis Middle School had the opportunity to learn about pi in a new and creative way.

Students in Joan Dunton’s sixth grade honors math class learned about pi during class on March 14.  They first learned about how pi is a mathematical constant, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter and is commonly approximated as 3.14159.  It is represented by the Greek letter π.  In addition, they completed assignments using pi.

Davis students experience more than just π (pi) After learning what pi is, students had the opportunity to express what pi is on the library Lego Wall.  Students collaborated, worked in teams, and expressed themselves creating the pi symbol, circles, the date, and even a slice of pie on the board.

The Lego Wall was a flurry of activity as students claimed their space and made their representation of pi.  Jaynia Huntley and Jasmine Lilly were creating a calendar that highlighted March 14 (3.14).

 “They will always remember this activity and pi,” said Dunton.  “It is not only a math lesson, but it incorporates art, color, and teamwork.”  To complete the lesson, Dunton provided each student with pie.

“This is a fun activity,” said Emily Britt, a student who was working on the words spelling out apple pie and cherry pie.  “We are learning and we get to eat pie.”

Lego Wall

Nancy Terrell, Davis’ teacher librarian, created the Lego Wall.  She said she saw the idea on Pinterest and decided she needed one for the library.  After gaining permission from her administration, she obtained funds through 21st Century, information literacy, and Boxtops for Education. 

She said in addition to creating an after-school Lego Club, the teachers are using the wall to get students excited about learning.  Teachers are collaborating on what activities they can do that will utilize the wall into their lessons.

Davis students experience more than just π (pi) 


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