Lesson from the web

During a two week summer session at Bryn Mawr College, Philadelphia public school teachers were introduced to the internet. During this two week session they were introduced to many things. Some of these things were fractals, testallation and the serpinski triangle. As part of the final assignment, we were to write a lesson plan and somehow tie it to the web.

Nora, Leon and I will present a lesson to to you on Pi. This is a math lesson for students in grades 7-8. Our connection to the internet is that of getting our lesson from a math web site. These sites are very interesting as well as helpful. Some of those sites are very specific. We found one of the most interesting sites to be THE MATH ARCHIVES. The web address is http://archives.math. utk.edu/k12.html. The Math Archives contained K-12 Teaching Materials from different web sites.

There are a number of other similar sites The following are Internet sites which contain a wide variety of materials which can be used in the teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level. The materials were organized into the following categories:

1. Lesson Plans

2. Schools

3. Software

4. Other internnet sites

Lesson plans are from five different sites . These sites include:

1. AskERIC Lesson Plans

2. Big Sky Telegraph Math Lesson Plans

3. Columbia Education Center

4. Mathematics Lesson Plans and

5. Computers & Maths Teaching We would like to present a lesson to you that we down loaded from Columbia Education Center. Nora will continue our presentaion with a lesson. b. Lesson TITLE: Discovering Pi AUTHOR: Jack Eckley, Sunset Elem., Cody, WY GRADE LEVEL/SUBJECT: 5-7, geometry

OVERVIEW: Many students tend to memorize, without understanding, formulas that we use in geometry or other mathematic areas. This particular activity allows students to discover why pi works in solving problems dealing with finding circumference.

OBJECTIVES: The students will:

1. Measure the circumference of an object to the nearest millimeter.

2. Measure the diameter of an object to the nearest millimeter.

3. Explain how the number 3.14 for pi was determined.

4. Demonstrate that by dividing the circumference of an object by its diameter you end up with pi.

5. Discover the formula for finding circumference using pi, and demonstrate it.

RESOURCES/MATERIALS: round objects such as jars, lids, etc., measuring tapes, or string and rulers, paper, pencil, calculator


1. Divide class into groups of two.

2. Give materials to student teams.

3. Have student teams make a table or chart that shows name or number of object, circumference, diameter, and ?.

4. Have students measure and record each object's circumference and diameter, then divide the circumference by the diameter and record result in the ? column.

5. Have students find the average for the ? column and compare to other groups in the class to determine a pattern. Students can then find the average number for the class.

6. Explain to the students that they have just discovered pi, which is very important in finding the circumference of an object. (You may wish to give some historical information about pi at this time or have students research the information.)

7. Have students come up with a formula to find the circumference of an object knowing only the diameter of that object, and the number that represents pi. Students must prove their formula works by demonstration and measuring to check their results.


1. Have students write their conclusions for the activities they have just done. Students may also share what they have learned with other members of the class.

2. Give students three problems listing only the diameter of each object and have them find the circumference.

3. Encourage students to share learned knowledge with parents. Leon will finish our presentaion by answering your questions. Leon Bailey Nora Kasper Lloyd L. Norman