This was on my board during classes today…I can’t take credit for it, unfortunately. http://www.cadaeic.net/cadenza.htm
Midnights so dreary, tired and weary,
Silently pondering volumes extolling all by-now obsolete lore.
During my rather long nap – the weirdest tap!
An ominous vibrating sound disturbing my chamber’s antedoor.
“This”, I whispered quietly, “I ignore”.
In any case, if you don’t visit the link and still want to know what it is…how many letters are in “One”? How many letters are in “a”? How many in “poem”? 314…the first 3 digits of arguably the most famous constant in mathematics — pi. Anyway, keep going with the number of letters in the word, and you keep going with the digits of pi. All I had written on my board was the poem. My third bonus question for the test was “write pi to 30 decimal places” and ONE student figured it out. I was thrilled! I didn’t tell them what the poem meant. I didn’t even say that I had it anywhere in the room — for all they knew it was just a check to see if anyone memorized pi to 30 places. He noticed the 314159 and knew those, so he figured the rest of the poem went that way. Hooray for thinking/problem solving!