2020 passed in a blur. Now we need to grab the student’s attention. This April Fool Maths Test should do it.

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smartboard or just read out the answers.

2020 passed in a blur. Now we need to grab the student’s attention. This April Fool Maths Test should do it.

Tell your year 8 or 9 students this test is designed to test their ability to concentrate and use logic while doing a challenging test under pressure.

Tell students to circle the ‘correct’ answer. Then wait to see how long it takes them to think you have totally lost the plot! You can make copies of the test using the PDF links below. You can put the answers up later on the smartboard.

In Australia, we don’t get too carried away with 14 March aka Pi Day aka 3.14.21 because, unlike Americans, we do not write the date as 3/14/21. We prefer 14/3/21.

No problem.

Meanwhile, the Germans, the Dutch, and other European countries do not call π ‘Pi’, they call it ‘P’ or ‘Pee’ because ‘i’ is pronounced ‘ee’, for instance, in German.

So Happy π Day English speakers and now, for a laugh, look at some of our Pi or Pee jokes through the eyes of, say, a German.

That’s because of the beer.

One whole day dedicated to pee.

It’s epic!

Mathematicians in love .., awwww!

So cute or they’re pissed.

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OK. ‘I 8 sum pi’ but adding the ‘delicious makes this weird for a German. D’Oh!

Very expensive bottle of pee.

Mmmm! Pecan pee.

Rabbit Pee must be a problem.

Dessert wine, maybe?

That’s, like, every day after a night out on the ‘piss’ as we so delicately call it in Australia.

You too can have tasty pee. I don’t know how and frankly, I don’t want to know.

Great Math Xmas Ornament Ideas for Middle School here @ MathEqualsLove blog.

Mathematicians can make mountains out of mince pies, but in this case Dr Eugenia Cheng, who is Professor of Pure Mathematics at the University of Sheffield, UK, makes it look fun. The video clip includes some great Middle School Maths that you can eat.

It must be the off season. Or the heat in the Northern Summer. Or desperation. Reader’s Digest has just published 37 Math Jokes. Mathematicians are not known for the jokes. But here are 3 goodish ones.

ANS: He’ll stop at nothing to avoid them.

ANS: A roamin’ numeral.

ANS: Probably.

Here is a classic MATHSPIG JOKE:

And while we are being crazy cool kids here is a TED Talk on Mathematicians Dancing. I would call this a Mathfail because these guys DO NOT look as though they are having fun. Or, maybe, just maybe, the success of a joke or a dance is all in the delivery.