As far as I know “Pi Day” is not a thing in the Spanish culture – at least, not anywhere that I’ve ever heard of! But I love a fun day on the calendar, and anything that has the kids excited is a great chance to get them into the language, so I’m taking advantage of that with this! Use as many of the pieces as you want – just print the reading and add it into your Free Reading Library, or use all of these things to have your own celebration of Pi Day in Spanish class with these fun activities!
A quick note on the vocabulary choice – there are many, many ways to say “pie” in Spanish. I tried to address that in the “Comida” portion of the Pi Day activity pages, but it’s a great opportunity to have a quick discussion with your students on the breadth and depth of the Spanish language throughout the world!
Pi Day in Spanish Class with Spanish Short Story
To kick off your Pi Day celebration, there’s a short story about Pi Day (a math teacher’s favorite holiday) and how it is celebrated. It leans into novice friendly language with high frequency verbs – ser, ir, tener, gustar – and school subjects, as well as (of course!) some food vocabulary. How can you talk about Pi Day without pie? After reading, there’s a short page of comprehension activities for students to complete. Then we’ll dig into the numbers!
Cross-Curricular Lesson Components for Pi Day in Spanish Class
Did you know some math classes have competitions to see how many numbers of pi students can recite on pi day? I’m not handing out any prizes, but this is a great opportunity for a little cross curricular action. Students read a short description of pi, then write how many places they remember, total their score, then do a short listening activity. It’s perfect for novices because it’s different numbers they’re listening to and recording!
Let them eat pie!
Okay, not really. They’ll probably be eating pie in math class on pi day, anyway, and there’s plenty of food activities we can do on other days. But you know a pi day celebration can’t skip talking about pie! And whether you use the word “pay”, “tarta”, “pie” or “pastel”, it’s a great option to include some food and speaking with your students. After a quick chat about word choice and regional differences, students rate pie flavors and share their opinions with others. Finally, we’re leaning into more math skills with polling and tallying votes to determine the favorite flavor in their class period.
Pi Day in Spanish Class
While I know this isn’t a typical, cultural plan, sometimes we just have to do something fun. And there’s a lot of language you can use with your students and lean into something that probably has them a little wound up anyways! If you have the time and space for it in your lessons, why not get them celebrating in Spanish?
What do you think – is this something fun you’d throw into your March lessons? Drop me a comment and let me know!
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