Math is easy as Pi at Clear Creek Elementary
by Mark Andrews
Mar 15, 2012 | 1880 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Students engage in timed marble racing, from left, Ryan Hansen, John Stroup and Chandler Jacobs. SKIP BUTLER/The Daily Tribune News
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At Clear Creek Elementary School on Wednesday, students got a taste of the various areas of life in which math is applied while having some fun along the way.

"The stations change a little bit with each grade level based on their abilities and skill levels," organizer and teacher Robin Morrow said of the school's first Pi Day.

"The purpose is just to show kids math can be fun, it's easy, it's part of their real world and they'll do it in lots of different ways," Morrow said.

However, the event was not just for students.

"Lots of parents struggle with math and have that negativity and they bring that negativity home to their kids, and so I wanted to invite parents to come and see math can be fun," Morrow said.

More than a dozen stations with names like "Fraction Pizza" had kindergartners hungry for knowledge, but they were well fed with a slice of pie at the end of the event and enjoyed snacks during the event.

For example, students said they enjoyed the "How Many Licks" station, which had participants count the number of licks to get to the bottom of a lollipop. Another popular station provided friendly competition in the form of a marble race and one incorporated the use of an iPad and an iPod.

Bryson Hook said he enjoyed the Fraction Pizza station the most, which had students learning fractions based on the amount of slices in a pizza they color.

"[I liked Fraction Pizza] because we got to color," Hook said.

Aislyn Moyer said she enjoyed the Adairsville vs. Cass baseball station.

"I liked [the station] because you had to count the numbers and you put how many it is all together," Moyer said.

Fifth-grade students Jessica Forsyth and Lashea Flowers helped younger students at a counting station in which students had one minute to add the number of triangles on a sheet of paper. If they completed half the sheet, they received a piece of candy.

"Fifth-grade [students] got to sign up and help, and basically if you make good grades in math, then you got to help," Forsyth said.

Kindergarten teacher Marchell Scurry said the stations mimic a lot of what is being taught in the classroom.

"We try to incorporate [problem-solving] into our calendar and a lot of our calendar activities are filled with our standards for math," Scurry said. "We do patterns, we do counting to 100, we actually have the kids learn the value of coins and recognize the coins and tell us what the name of the coin is."

She added, "And it's great to be able to piggyback off of Read Across America Day and do something for math."