Friday, March 14, 2014

Books to Help Kids Understand Pi

Well Pi day is here, and I hope you celebrate with a little of the baked stuff, but also remember the importance of this mathematical discovery!  The following two books are great for understanding not only how Pi came to be, but also how numbers are used for measurement.  Without measurement how would we plan, design and bulid, make scientific breakthroughs or explore the world?

Title:          Why Pi?
Author:     Johnny Ball
Target:      Grade 3-8
This book is focused on numbers used for measurement.  It traces how these measurements were derived throughout history.  it also shows how numbers help us make sense of the world and help us understand science.  Find out how an incorrect measurement of Earth's size led to the discovery of America and see how natural disasters such as hurricanes and earthquakes can be measured.
The great thing about this book is that it is heavily illustrated and written in short paragraph form, so the concepts are relatable and not overwhelming.  Side bars of interesting facts also help the reader enjoy the experience and not get bogged down in technical jargon.

To purchase this book, visit your local bookstore or click here: Why Pi?

Title:          Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi
Author:     Cindy Newschwander
Target:      Grade 3-8
This book is intended to introduce children to Pi in a fun way.  It is told in a story format as our hero Radius has to save his father Sir Cumference from the evil dragon.  The dose of the potion that must be given to the dragon is Pi, so Radius works to figure out the measurement. 
This is a fun way to introduce younger children to the concept of Pi, and for older children it is a unique way to remember the value of the number!

To purchase this book, visit your local bookstore or click here: Sir Cumference and the Dragon of Pi (A Math Adventure)

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