As part of our dome project we have been learning about pi - watch the following at the Wonderopolis 
Finding Pi Yourself
Draw a circle, or use something circular like a plate.
Measure around the edge (the circumference):
plate circumference 82
I got 82 cm
Measure across the circle (the diameter):
plate diameter
I got 26 cm
82 cm / 26 cm = 3.1538...
That is pretty close to π. Maybe if I measured more accurately?


In fact π is approximately equal to:
The digits go on and on with no pattern. π has been calculated to over two quadrillion decimal places and still there is no pattern to the digits

Example: You walk around a circle which has a diameter of 100 m, how far have you walked?

pi circle 100m diameter
Distance walked = Circumference 
  π × 100 m
  = 314.159... m
  314 m (to the nearest m)


A quick and easy approximation for π is 22/7
22/7 = 3.1428571...
But as you can see, 22/7 is not exactly right. In fact π is not equal to the ratio of any two numbers, which makes it an irrational number.

A better approximation (but still not exact) is:
355/113 = 3.1415929...
(think "113355", then divide the "355" by the "113")

Remembering The Digits

I usually just remember "3.14159", but you can also count the letters of:
"May I have a large container of butter today"
3 1 4 1 5 9 2 6 5

To 100 Decimal Places

Here is π with the first 100 decimal places:

Calculating Pi Yourself

There are many special methods used to calculate π and here is one you can try yourself: it is called the Nilakantha series (after an Indian mathematician who lived in the years 1444–1544).
It goes on for ever and has this pattern:
3 + 42×3×4 − 44×5×6 + 46×7×8 − 48×9×10 + ...
(Notice the + and  pattern, and also the pattern of numbers below the lines.)
It gives these results:
TermResult (to 12 decimals)
...... etc! ...
Get a calculator (or use a spreadsheet) and see if you can get better results.

Pi Day

Pi Day is celebrated on March 14. March is the 3rd month, so it looks like 3/14

Place Value - Parody Shake it Off

Adding Fractions
Follow these steps 

Subtracting Fractions

Multiplying Fractions



Fractions, percentages and ratios and proportions in everyday use - watch the videos and then choose a level.

Addition of Decimals

Calculating Percentages
Follow these steps 
What are percentages? and Finding a percent of a number.

Algebra Manipulatives

Maths Learning in Hoiho Class - Sharing the knowledge.

Percentage Game
Have some fun using percentages, decimals and fractions when you plan a park. Follow the instructions at the following link.


Order of Operations


Converting Units

Follow these steps and work your way through the questions

Length - We are learning to 
  • describe a method to measure the length of circular objects
  • measure length using metres, centimeters and millimeters
  • calculate the circumference of a circle from a measurement of diameter

Our focus this week is to use thermometers to measure temperature in degrees Celsius and investigate factors that influence temperatures
Visit the following links this week to help you understand our learning outcomes

Negative Numbers 
click on the link and play the game

Mathletics is now working.  Please select Integers or Decimals if this is your groups learning focus.

Watch these you tube clips on integers (negative numbers) 

Check out this catchy song to help you understand place value and decimals.