Math Trail at Tribeca Green and Teardrop Park
UrbanMathTrails partnered with The Related Companies to bring math trails to their residential clients. The following are excerpts from the math trail designed for 4-8 year olds at Tribeca Green and Teardrop Park in Battery Park, NYC.
Look at the walls, ceiling, floors, rugs and furniture in the lobby and find circles, rectangles, squares and triangles. Which shape is the most common? How many sides does the most common shape have? How many corners does it have? Do circles have sides or corners? Now make these shapes with your body.
How many people do you think could stand behind the front desk in the lobby at one time? Could 5 people stand side-to-side, how about 10, how about 50?
Patterns are designs that repeat. Describe the pattern of light boxes behind the front desk. What other patterns can you find at the front desk?
Count how many mailboxes in one column. Skip count by that number (7) to find the total number of mailboxes per section. Count how many mailboxes in one row. Skip count by that number (5) for the total number of mailboxes per section. Are the numbers the same?
Look at the numbers on the mailboxes. What is the lowest number? What is the highest number? What number is skipped? Describe the pattern of the numbering system of the mailboxes.
What shape are the tables? How many tables are there? How many chairs are there? If you put 2 chairs at every table, how many chairs are left over? If you put 3 chairs at every table, how many chairs are left over?
Walk around the outside of the playmat, with an adult or another child. This is called the perimeter. How many steps did it take you? How many steps did it take the other person? What is the difference?
What shapes do you see on the toy shelves? Are there more straight lines or curved lines?
How many people could sit on one bench? Counting by that number, skip count how many people could sit on the row of benches. Do you see any parallel lines in the benches? Where are they? Where are the circles? Where are the semi-circles?
Stretch your arms and measure the distance from one fingertip to the other. How long is your arm span? Using your arm span measurement, estimate the width of the tunnel. Estimate the length. How much longer is it than wide?
There are several different ways to climb up to the top of the slide. You can climb the rocks or walk up the stairs. Which way is steeper? This slide is longer and steeper than most playground slides. Does it allow you to go faster or slower than on other slides? Why do you think the bottom of the slide is flat?
How does the steepness of the steps compare to the slide? There are 4 other sets of steps at the park. Which set is steeper steps than the wooden steps. What makes them steeper?