• What is a Math Trail?

• Benefits and Attributes

• Examples and Contexts

• Organizing One

• How to Describe Problems and Choose Tasks

• Create Your Own

Examples and Contexts

• Apartment and Office Buildings

• Parks, Gardens and Woodlands

• Playgrounds

• Airports and Terminals

• Neighborhoods

• Museums

• Camps

• Stores and Malls

• Map Navigation


• Organize teams strategically for collaborative problem solving

• Be playful and creative

• Vary question format and types

• Ensure realistic walking time

• Keep required tools to a minimum

• Allow students to work at their own pace

• Provide space on trail guide for students to explain, compute and sketch

• Plan time for discussion and reflection

• Avoid too much time in one spot

• Avoid far distances between trail stops

• Avoid uninteresting settings

• Avoid crowded and unsafe locations

• Avoid all single solution and closed-ended questions

Create Your Own

• Identify, estimate, measure, calculate

• Compare different lengths, shapes, patterns, slopes, distances, volumes

• Find the mathematical average

• How many different combinations

• Imagine, what if…, is it possible

• What is the ratio or percent

• How many degrees, rotations

• Notice, describe, devise a method or plan, explain

• Why, make a conjecture

• Prove

• Explain how is it done

• How many different strategies

• How much, best buy, etc

• At what time, distance, direction

• Observe, collect data, model, graph

• What is the largest, lightest, steepest, fastest, longest, widest