Creating Math Trails

What is a Math Trail?

A math trail is a guided walk during which students answer mathematical questions related to architecture, public art, science, geography and pretty well anything encountered along the route. (Lancaster, 1998)

Purpose of a Math Trail

  • Make mathematical connections with the world
  • Experience mathematics in an alternative environment
  • Provide opportunity for students to interact with each other through mathematics
  • Look beyond mathematics that appears in textbooks or on
  • Realization that mathematics permeates many aspects of our daily lives
  • Make mathematical connections with other subject areas

Example of a Math Trail

Grade K-3 Outdoor Math Activities

Grade 4-6 Outdoor Math Activities

Grade 7-9 Outdoor Math Activities