July 18, 2017

The Counting Game and all of the Math Holidays, let’s all celebrate!

I remember when I taught at middle school, Pi Day was a big day.  Besides being Albert Einstein’s birthday, it was a day you could, eat pie.  It is mentioned in the book, The Counting Game, one day that Max the character dreaded.  But this day things were different, he actually was able to copy the excruciatingly long numbers of pi are infinite on the board.

No wait, no yawning, let’s get dyscalculia at its own game and start loving math. Here are all of the math holidays:

The calendar year has plenty of opportunities to celebrate and get excited about math. We’ve included eight of our favorites, as well as ways you can incorporate them into math lessons:

  1. Pi Day (3/14): It’s time to whip out the pies! Celebrate the power of this number by discussing its significance to the world of mathematics and planning pi-related activities, like this Pi Day scavenger hunt.
  2. Fibonacci Day (11/23): For all Fibonacci sequence lovers, November 23rd is the day for you. Check out this article for related activities.
  3. Pythagorean Theorem Day (next one is 9/12/15): On this day, find ways to incorporate Pythagorean numbers into lessons and practice problems.
  4. Sonia Kovalevsky Mathematics Day: Throughout the year, universities and math associations gather together to honor Sonia Kovalevsky, a famous Russian mathematician, and to encourage women to pursue careers in mathematics.
  5. Math 2.0 Day (7/8): Dedicated to math-tech enthusiasts, this day celebrates the intersection of math and technology.
  6. World Math Day (3/1): As a general celebration of math and a way to get children excited about math careers, World Math Day encourages all math-related festivities.
  7. Math Storytelling Day (9/25): Telling stories is a powerful form of learning – and there’s a day to celebrate it! On Math Storytelling Day, incorporate stories and fun scenarios into math puzzles and problems.

BONUS for 2016: Square Root Day (next one on 4/4/16): Mark you calendars – not every day is Square Root day! Find ways to incorporate square root numbers into lessons and practice problems.


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