Hold an after-school Pi Day reception, where students perform
original Pi Day songs, or
they find on TeachPi.org. Hand out Pi Day carols to the audience, and
find a musical teacher or student to lead a sing-along.
Go to the
»»»» Use the event to announce the winners
and give prizes to the students behind the top Pi Day projects.
Lead your class in the singing of Pi Day carols, or have a
musically-inclined student lead the way. Find several songs here.
Go to the
»»»» Many schools choose 1:59 to begin their
singing revelry. This is, of course, Pi Minute (3/14, 1:59).
Ask students to compose an original song, poem, or piece of art
about Pi Day or the number pi. Hold presentations/exhibits, and
present any artistic awards, on Pi Day.
»»»» How about a "Pi-ku" poetry contest? (Think
Haiku.) For example:
Why not keep it simple, like
Play pi-themed songs over the P.A. system between classes, to get
people in the Pi Day spirit. We're talking about classic hits that
relate to Pi Day, as opposed to actual Pi Day carols.
»»»» Dutch Fork H.S. in Columbia, SC played
"American Pie" and "Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch" over the speakers during
passing periods on the big day.
Read your students a Pi story, such as "Sir
Cumference and the Dragon of Pi," by Cindy
Neuschwander. Or choose a selection from a more heady work, like
David Blatner's "The
Joy of Pi."
Sing "Happy Birthday" to Albert Einstein, who was born on a
blessed Pi Day in 1879.
»»»» Independent Day School in Tampa, FL chooses
the Pi Minute, 1:59, to belt out this tribute.
For extra credit, encourage small groups of students to make a short
film about pi. Suggest both music videos and live-action skits.
»»»» Two seniors at Downington H.S. West in
Philadelphia filmed the story of shopping for pie ingredients at the
grocery store, baking the pies, and then, in artful slow-mo, a
pie-in-the-face fight, set to a variety of songs that included Chicago's
"25 or 6 to 4."
Compile a recipe book of pies and desserts, from parents and
colleagues, and hold an art contest for a pi-themed book cover.
Encourage the recipe donors to bring in actual examples!
»»»» Arlington M.S. in Poughkeepsie, NY turned
this recipe book project into a charitable one: 90 homemade pies,
quiches, and pizzas (with accompanying recipes) were donated to a local
At a school-wide Pi Day assembly, hold a school spirit contest to
see which grade can shout "3 point 1 4 1 5 9!" the very loudest. Or, try
a longer chant. (see below)
»»»» The sixth grade beat the older classes to
claim the Warrior Spirit Stick at Stephen Mack M.S. in Rockford, IL in
»»»» Here's an example of a good, loud school chant. It can be
responsive, where each line is yelled by a different grade, and then all
grades shout the final line, inserting their own number for maximal
We love Pi Day to the core! March 14th is 3
Here's where Math gets really fun! Pi starts 3 point 1 4 1!
Let's make Pi Day come alive! Let's go, 3 1 4 1 5!
Pi Day's (4th) Grade's chance to shine! 3 point 1 4 1 5