Your local playground offers so much in terms of teaching mathematics. It simply takes some thought. Some examples,
- Calculate the slope of the slide by using tape to plot x/y corrdinates.
- Notice the triangle that is formed beneath the slide, calcualte the area that is formed
- calculate side of the right triangle using c^2 = a^2 + b^2.
- Have students make their own playground on construction paper out of only triangles
- find a polynominal that expresses the slide and calculate the distance traveled down the slite after t seconds
- What type of line is the slide, linear, so what is its highest exponent? Is the slope positive or negative?
- The slide itself is a rectangle, calculate the area and perimeter or calculate how many sudents could fit into the slide at one time----> try it (be careful of course)
And more, use the swing or the rope or the tires as you manipulatives.