Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Pi-Kus with a Twist

I know I am a couple of weeks late, but I wanted to write about our Pi-Day activities. Since we were not anywhere near circles in Geometry, and our state's Algebra 2 standards do not really discuss pi to any deep extent, I decided to do something a little bit different for Pi Day.

I was on Twitter one evening, and I saw where Sarah Carter was blogging and posting about her Pi-Kus. I really enjoyed what she had posted, so I decided to give it a try in my classes.

Here are the assignment requirements:

1. Create a Pi-Ku, which is similar to a haiku, but the first line has three syllables, the second line has one syllable, and the third line has four syllables.
2. Write two Pi-Kus: One must be math related, and the other can be anything school appropriate.
3. Write your Pi-Kus on index cards.
4. Now here is the twist!!! Have students post their Pi-Kus to Seesaw, which is a website that I have just recently began using. If you have not used Seesaw, it is a digital portfolio, which allows students to post their work. Classmates and the teacher can then respond to their work.

Here are a few of the Pi-Kus that were created. Let me know what you think!

I want to do this again, and this is how I would change the assignment.

  • I would be more strict about double checking when students submitted. 
  • I would also be more clear about what I expected. 
I feel this was because I noticed after the fact that a few students miscounted syllables, but, overall, I was happy with their work. 

I would definitely not spend more than 15 minutes on this activity, but I would recommend it if you are looking for something quick to do next Pi Day! 


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