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Planning a Pi Day Party. A webquest for 5 th graders Developed by Christan Lucas Introduction Questions Task Process1 Process2 Evaluation Conclusion Credits Standards. Introduction.

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planning a pi day party

Planning a Pi Day Party

A webquest for 5th graders

Developed by Christan Lucas





If one day of the year screams Party! in math class, that day is March 14. In classrooms across the globe there are special celebrations in honor of pi (3.14). March 14 is also the birth date of Albert Einstein. Pi day activities are meant to enrich and deepen student understanding of the concept of pi.


quest ions and the task

You are a professional party planning company who may be selected to plan a pi party for Ms. Lucas’ 5th grade class. The class is interviewing different companies for this job. You will put together a proposal for a pi day party that best fits the needs of the class. Consider the following: What is pi day? What kind of activities will interest the students and help them understand the concept of pi? What materials will be needed? (example: worksheets, computers, game items, pies, paper products, etc.) What will the schedule be for the day? How many people will attend the party? Where will the party be held?

Quest(ions) and the Task


georgia performance standards

Georgia Performance Standards

M5G. Geometry

Students will further develop their understanding of geometric figures.

M5G2. Students will understand the relationship of the circumference of a circle to

its diameter is pi (π ≈ 3.14).

ELA5LSV1 The student participates in student -to-teacher, student-to-student, and groupverbal interactions.


standards continued

Standards continued

ELA5W2 The student demonstrates competence in a variety of genres.

The student produces informational writing (e.g., report, procedures, correspondence) that:

b. Develops a controlling idea that conveys a perspective on a subject.

c. Creates an organizing structure appropriate to a specific purpose, audience, and


d. Includes appropriate facts and details.

e. Excludes extraneous details and inappropriate information.

f. Uses a range of appropriate strategies, such as providing facts and details, describing

or analyzing the subject, and narrating a relevant anecdote.

g. Draws from more than one source of information such as speakers, books, newspapers, and online materials


  • You will work in a group of 3.
  • Your group must come up with a proposal for the pi day party that the class simply cannot refuse.
  • Your group will discover what pi is using internet resources.
  • You will also use internet resources to research different activities for pi day and come up with a theme.
  • You will create a schedule for the day to include the activities you choose.
  • You will also decide on decorations and any theme related items that will be appropriate to use.
  • You will present your proposal for the pi day party to the class for approval.
  • You will work in groups of 3 and devise a theme for the party.
  • Then you will choose one of the following roles: Scheduler, Decorator, or Activity Coordinator.
  • The scheduler will create the schedule for the day based on the activities presented by the activity coordinator.
  • The decorator will select the party decorations to meet the theme.
  • The activity coordinator will research websites to find activities which are appropriate for the party.


process continued
Process continued
  • Here are some websites to use:
    • Pi Day Lessons from the Math Forum(Grades 5-8)
    • Pi Day Songs; Pi Day Activities(Grades 4-12)
    • Pi Day Activities(Grades 4-6)
    • What Is Pi? A Cool Lesson(Grades 5-8)
    • Pi Day Scavenger Hunt and Other Activities(All grades)
    • (Pizza) Pi Project(Grades 4-8)
    • Pi Day Ideas from Mrs. Highley(Grades 4-12)
    • Pi Pages on the Internet
  • Finally you will all come together to write your proposal and create a PowerPoint presentation to present to the class.



1 = Weak 2 = Moderately Weak 3 = Average 4 = Moderately Strong 5 = Strong

1. Each member of the group had a clear understanding of the group’s task. 1 2 3 4 5

2. Each member of the group had a clear understanding of his or her expected

contribution to the group’s assignment. 1 2 3 4 5

3. Group members listened willingly to one another. 1 2 3 4 5

4. Members of the group showed strong leadership qualities. 1 2 3 4 5

5. Group members encouraged others to express opinions or contribute information. 1 2 3 4 5

6. Group members presented their information or ideas in a clear and logical manner. 1 2 3 4 5

7. Each member of the group fulfilled his or her responsibilities in the completion of the

group’s assignment. 1 2 3 4 5

8. The group fulfilled all the requirements of its assigned task. 1 2 3 4 5

9. Overall, the group worked well together. 1 2 3 4 5

10. The group performed to its full potential. 1 2 3 4 5

Additional Comments:

Total Points/Grade: ____________





You have successfully planned a party and have learned how to develop an idea and organize it for a purpose.

You have also developed the skills necessary to use PowerPoint software and can use it for presentations in the future.

You have also gained an understanding of the concept of pi and how it is used in geometry.

Now you can go and share this with your family and friends, especially if they are planning a party and need some help.