[Surfnetkids: 05 Mar 2008] Pi Day

[Surfnetkids Free Newsletter] Pi Day

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction
2. Sponsor’s Spot: iPod Shuffle from Audible
3. Weekly Topic: Pi Day
4. What Did We Miss? Submit Site or Link To Us
5. Note from a Reader
6. Related Video
7. Quote of the Week
8. Classified Ads
9. Subscription Management

#1. March 5, 2008

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Barbara,

I have gotten a flood of questions in my mailbox about the Google Surfnetkids Subscribed Links program. I will be compiling and answering them very soon, but didn’t
want this timely "Pi Day" newsletter to wait another day.

I have mentioned before that I’ve been enjoying listening to audiobooks (from Audible) on my iPod Shuffle . The more I listen, the more delighted I have become with being able to "consume" books while driving and exercising or walking. Okay … small confession: I actually drive a lot more than I ever walk or exercise. And when I do exercise, like the one-hour power walk I took on Sunday, I am very proud of myself!

So, getting back to the audiobook idea, one day last week, the lightning bolt struck, and I decided to add a selection of Audible’s children’s and young adult audiobooks to the Surfnetkids.com site.

Audiobooks for kids and families are great for car rides, terrific to listen to together, or just as nice to listen to by one’s self. You can download the Audible book immediately, burn it to a CD, listen to it on your computer, or transfer it to an iPod.

So, without further ado, here’s the Surfnetkids selection of Children’s and Young Adult Audiobooks:

See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"

#2. iPod Shuffle from Audible

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#3. Pi Day

by Barbara J. Feldman

Pi Day Printable (** for premium members only)

Pi is the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter. Regardless of the size of the circle, pi is always the same irrational number: approximately 3.14. Twenty years ago, physicist Larry Shaw created a Pi Day celebration on March 14 at the Exploratorium Museum (see first site review) and it has grown into an international day of wacky mathematical celebrations at schools and universities around the world. July 22 (22/7 in European date format) is often also celebrated as Pi Approximation Day.

Exploratorium: Pi Day
If you can’t make it to San Francisco’s Exploratorium for the twentieth anniversary of the first Pi Day, you’ll find lots here to inspire your own celebration. Highlights include a Short History of Pi, Pi Limericks, Pi Haiku (called Pi-Ku), printable Pi Posters, and two pi activities. Discovering Pi is a hands-on activity measuring circles and recording their circumference and diameter. Cutting Pi is an exercise exploring the relation between circumference and hat sizes.

Math Forum: Ask Dr. Math: About Pi
"For the sake of usefulness people often need to approximate pi. For many purposes you can use 3.14159, which is really pretty good, but if you want a better approximation you can use a computer to get it." Dr. Math answers basic questions about pi, and includes an extensive list of links to other pi-related questions and answers from the Math Forum archive. The little red star icons indicate "particularly interesting answers or good places to begin browsing."

Math with Mr. Herte: Pi Day
Mr. Herte, a math teacher at Carle Place High School, in Carle Place, NY, says Pi Day "gives us the perfect springboard to allow our students to have fun while investigating mathematics concepts, being creative, and even a little silly." His huge Pi Day activity list includes twenty-four grade-sorted exercises, contests and games. For example, elementary students can look at the first 100 digits of pi and make a bar graph of the frequency of each digit.

… Click to continue Pi Day .

#4. What Did We Miss? Submit or Link To Us

Do you know of a great Pi Day site that we didn’t include? Click here to submit a site review.
Click here to browse the most recent site reviews written by our readers.

Do you have your own website? Here’s the code to link to this week’s topic:

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#5. Note from a Reader

Got a note from Mary Moody this week, who wrote to tell us she’s canceling her newsletter because her grandchildren are now grown and gone. And that she joined us on May 13, 1999. Wow! In Internet years, that’s nearly an eternity. It was nice to hear from her.. and I hope she is enjoying her new "childless" status.

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#6. Related Video

Lose Yourself (in the Digits of Pi)

Pi Song

Mathematical Pie

#7. Quote of the Week

"Outside of a dog, a book is a man’s best friend. Inside of a dog, it’s too dark to read." ~~ Groucho Marx (October 2, 1890 – August 19, 1977) American comedian, actor.
Click here for more Groucho Marx quotes.

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#9. Subscription Management

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