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Table Talk Newsletter #31

There is a lot going on this week, so I want to make sure you had some ideas to try out with your child(ren) at home. Follow the links for more information or reach out to me and let me know what you wind up using!

Pi Day

Every March, math teachers everywhere get giddy as the 14th approaches. Pi, a greek letter that also sees a lot of time in math problems, is often abbreviated to 3.14, hence the excitement and significance around March 14th.

Even if your child comes home with some Pi Day fun, there is plenty to try out at this link:

When you and your child tries something from the site, please let me know; I would love to feature your products and your process. At the same time, Pi Day is about more than memorizing digits of pi. If you can get a string and measure circles, manipulate measurement, and understand the properties of why pi works, that's the real value.

March Madness

If you watch sports, there's a very good chance you know about March Madness, an annual test in your ability to pick the winning NCAA Basketball bracket. Can you do it without bias? Can you pick the upsets? Jordan Ellenburg, author of How Not to Be Wrong: The Power of Mathematical Thinking, offers up a mathematical approach to filling out your bracket that is worth checking out.

For the families with middle and high school students interested in college basketball, filling out a friendly bracket and seeing how your probability plays out is a fun and engaging way to use math to serve a conversation.

How is your bracket going? Let me know and I will feature it on an upcoming newsletter!

Lucky Leprechauns

Yes, St. Patrick's Day is right around the corner. With the majority of Google Searches littered with half-hearted attempts to engage children with math while they wear green, I was able to find one activity that is worth digging into: Lucky Leprechauns. 

The focus of the game is for fifth graders, but you know your child and will know if it is interesting. As an 8th grade teacher, this is something I see being done in my classes, and might even try it out with my first grader... as long as I get to eat the candy afterwards.
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