Click on Step 1 to get straight to the recipe. Read on if you want to know more about the math involved in this tasty dessert.
This fruit pie can be made for Pi Day (3/14), or any time of the year. It's great to use with students who are learning about graphs and/or fractions. You see, this unsuspecting fruit pizza is also a Pie Chart--also known as a Circle Graph. Imagine asking 8 people to vote for their favorite type of pie. Four people select one flavor, 3 select a second flavor, and 1 select a third flavor. This fruit pizza shows exactly what a Pie Chart displaying that data would look like. Students should be able to name the fraction of the pizza for each flavor.
Arranging the sections in the way shown in the picture puts them in the order of the first 3 digits of Pi -- 3, 1, 4. The decimal point is included to make the connection to Pi more obvious. You can leave that off if you just want a Pie Chart dessert.
Also, two main features of circles, and key ingredients of the formulas for circumference and area, are shown on this pizza. The long strip of pie crust that cuts the pizza in half is called the diameter. The smaller strip that divides one half into two sections is called the radius.
Step 1: Go Shopping
-- 3 different flavors of pie filling (found in the bakery aisle)
-- 1 box of pre-made dough for pie crust (in the refrigerated section)
Double check that each box contains two crusts.
You will also need a couple of cookie sheets or pizza pans. Any flat, metal, baking pan will do as long as it is about 12 inches wide.