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Celebrate the Number 9 on September 9, 2009

Lessons for the Once-in-a-Century Date of 09-09-09


Updated August 28, 2009
September 9, 2009 is the perfect time to celebrate the number 9. Or, maybe it's the 9th week of the school year and you're looking for ways to tie math into a variety of other subjects. No matter what your reason, these 9-related activities are versatile, easy, and educational.


  • List as many math functions that equal nine as you can.
  • Estimate the things that are 9 inches long.
  • Brainstorm ways that the number nine are used: address, clock, papers, etc.
  • When will the next time be for this date: 09-09-09?
  • Measure 9 millimeters, 9 centimeters, 9 decimeters, 9 inches, 9 feet, 9 meters, etc.
  • Convert 9 miles into feet.
Social Studies:
  • Name the ninth state in the union.
  • Name the 9th President.
  • Go to the 9th page of a book and find words that have nine letters.
  • List 9 things that begin with the ninth letter.
  • How many words can you make from the word "ninth"?
  • Describe your ninth birthday.
  • What do you remember about being nine?
  • Write a story (or journal entry) about a cat having nine lives
Other Fun Activities:
  • Reward the 9th person in line.
  • Put a treat on the ninth desk.
  • Wear 9 of something.
  • Start (or stop) an activity at 9:09 a.m.
  • Draw a picture using 9 as part of the design.
  • Say 9 positive things today.
  • Make cards for 9 year olds.
  • Bring in a collection of 9 coins (pennies, nickels, dimes, quarters) Send to charity.
  • Plan (and execute) 9 nice things to do for others this week.
  • Participants doing so may be rewarded with 9 innings of a baseball game, 9 minutes of extra recess, a day to dress to the "Nines", or a nine treat.
  • Write poems about the number 9.

Give me nine!
I heard through the grape vine
that (school name) is doing fine.
Celebrate 9-9-09 all in a line!
We will be collecting nine
of the same kind.
See what interesting things you can find.

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