Monday, August 17, 2015

Hitting the Math Trails

Math trails are math field trips, and they make math fun and relevant for students. Math trails allow students to realize that math is everywhere around them, in their life and their surroundings. Math trails do not require travelling to a distant location by bus, since they can easily take place at a local landmark. This is an example of a math trail I created for grade 9 math students, set in a Community Centre within walking distance from their secondary school in Oakville (Ontario). This is my first attempt at a math trail and I do not claim to be an expert. This link provides some excellent resources if you would like more information and examples of math trails.

Elementary students can also enjoy the fun of math trails. I found this excellent article on math trails for elementary students. They provide an example of math trail set up within the school grounds. Teachers can design simple math trails by creating tasks that involve finding shapes, patterns, counting, estimating, measuring, etc. that are based on their physical environment. Math trail are all about making math relevant and exciting to students. Please share your math trail experiences in the comment section below, and feel free to try my math trail with your students.

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