In an effort to keep our post light this week since winter break is right around the corner, I wanted to share clever but relevant (read “standards-based”) ways in which to infuse a holiday theme into your math lessons this week. If you know me at all, you know that I am NOT one for taking a day off from math instruction regardless of the calendar. After all, I don’t need a special day to be fun; I’m *sure* my students would say my math lessons are *always* fun!

Upon further reflection, I realized that I actually do infuse holiday related themes into my math class, just not the winter holiday ones.

For instance, what math teacher has not celebrated March 14th, **Pi Day**? In fact, this school year is particularly special because we actually get to celebrate more of Pi’s extrapolation: 3.14.15! Last Spring, I visited a teacher who celebrated by *purchasing several pies* for her classes, while another teacher allowed students to decorate his room. The students *wrote as many digits of Pi as they could around the room*, then found a **Pi rap** to share with class. Other teachers I know have a specific outfit or **t-shirt** they wear in honor of the day. Pi Day is a special day you can count on occurring every year.

But have you ever celebrated **Fibonacci Day**?** **It occurs on November 23 (1,1,2,3,…). I know this day was a couple weeks ago, but put it on your calendar to celebrate next year. Watch **Vi Hart’s **You Tube or** Arthur Benjamin’s **Ted Talk on the Fibonacci Sequence. And by all means check out **#Fibonacciday** on Twitter for more Fibonacci Fun and geekiness!

There are some special dates we have time to plan a **real party** for as they don’t come around very often. One is on November 13, 2015, **National Odd Day** (11/13/15). In fact, I believe it is the last one for the rest of this century. We better make this a big one!

Another elusive math holiday is **Square Root Day** on 4/4/16. To celebrate you could purchase the **Square Root Puzzle** or play the **Square Roots Game** online. Don’t forget to bring root vegetables to eat, too.

Thinking far ahead, it’s never too early to plan for **Pythagorean Theorem Day** on 8/15/17 (the next Pythagorean Triple). Check out **The Best Pythagorean Theorem Rap** and a demonstration of the **Pythagorean Theorem by folding a circle**. Both would really add to the hoopla you are sure to be planning.

I’m sure there are other dates out there that should and could be celebrated (i.e.* e Day). *So don’t feel too bad if you’re not taking a day this week to

**graph a Gingerbread Man**or determine

**how much money was spent in the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas”**. However, if you do have time (

**insert laugh track here**), take a look at Pascal’s Triangle

**12 Days of Christmas**. You know we math geeks all love Pascal’s triangle. This

**blog post**inserts the patterns the triangle creates into the

**12 Days of Christmas**. My favorite patterns highlighted are the

*Intertwining Petals*and the

*Powers of Eleven*. Way Cool!

Last but not least, Beth and I want to wish you and yours a safe and relaxing break and warm holiday wishes for whatever holidays you may celebrate in the next couple of weeks, math related or not.

bethandshannonPost authorGeeking out was a PERFECT title for this blog post 😉

TeresaLoved this!