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Thanksgiving Pi Plate
I love pie, and pi is fun too. I'm a math teacher, at home now rather than in the classroom. I'm also a fan of the pun. Plays on words, especially numeric plays on words, are fantastic. What's Thanksgiving in the math-minded household without a little PI?
My PI dish came to me unexpectedly. One November, a couple of years ago, a package arrived from my sister. She's pretty good at math, making her living as an accountant. She sent identical packages to myself and to our mom, also a math teacher. Inevitably, the family conversations during holidays turn to math concepts. Some eyes glaze over, much as the crust on a pie. Other eyes light up at such conversational twists. My sis couldn't resist and sent the dishes, along with recipes, to wish us great fun for the holiday!
The PI dish pictured here is very durable and sturdy, excellent for a larger Thanksgiving PI Pie. It measures 10 inches in diameter, and it's a pleasure to work with. Most of my pie tins are old metal tins from Marie Calendar's pies, so I treasure having a quality stoneware plate to work with. I have a number of favorite Thanksgiving pies to make each year, and my PI pie plate is usually reserved for a pecan pie or for an old American fave like apple pie or shoefly pie.
Holiday baking moments are really nice times for promoting math activities, by the way. The relationship between the pie diameter and circumference is about 1 to 3...actually, 1 to 3.141592...well, you get the picture. Pi x Diameter is the means of determining Circumference, after all. Additional math skills that we cover during our baking include:
- fractions - so many measurements are fractional, and increasing or decreasing a recipe requires work with these figures
- multiplication - multiplying measurements or servings for a large gathering
- addition - counting amounts and combining the counts
- division - cutting pies for serving people is the best division I can think of!
The nice thing about kitchen math is that it is fun, associating concepts with enjoyable smells, flavors and interactions!
Add a sense of humor to your Thanksgiving table by selecting fun accessories and serving pieces. The PI plate is useful throughout the year, and it's a great way to connect with those geeky, math-minded family members!
Nothing like a PI mug to go with a piece of pie!
A high-quality server is a great complement to the stoneware PI plate or pie plate.