Today in math class I presented an activity. I had the class divide into groups of two, and each group was given a shape; there were squares, triangles, and rectangles. The measurements of the sides were labeled to help find the area and perimeter of each shape. One person in each group was in charge of finding the perimeter, and the other person had to find the area. I did have a formula sheet under the projector to help if the students got stuck on a problem. The class did a great job with area and perimeter and understood how to find the solutions. Before the activity, we discussed circumference and diameter.
We went on a circle scavenger hunt! This was fun because we grouped into partners and went around the college measuring circles. Each group had a ruler, pencil, piece of string, and a worksheet. To measure circumference we wrapped the string around the circle and measured the length of the string with the ruler. After we found the circumference, we found the diameter. This was done by placing the string on one side of the circle’s face and measuring the length across. Some objects that my partner and I found were a master lock, door knob, and elevator button. The scavenger hunt was fun and productive because it helped me understand how to find the circumference and diameter of a circle.
Although the scavenger hunt was productive and helped me understand the meaning of circumference and diameter of a circle, there is a formula for circumference. Circumference = ∏ x diameter or ∏ x 2radius. (∏=pie) Radius can be found by taking half of the diameter. If you have a circle with a diameter of 2, you can multiply it by ∏ and get 6.28; therefore, 6.28 is the circumference of your circle. If you have a circle with a radius of 3, you can multiply it by 2 then multiply it by ∏ and get 18.85; therefore, 18.85 is the circumference of your circle. I have included a picture of these two problems below to clear up any confusion you may have.