These coordinate projects are ideal for Columbus Day, Halloween and the Fall Season. The activities are fun, motivating and make great colorful bulletin board displays. Students will use their knowledge of coordinate graphing and ordered pairs to create these drawings by plotting points and then connecting them with straight lines.
This activity can be a class project or something to be worked on independently when time allows. It also works as an extra credit assignment or when there is a substitute teacher.
This project can be used by all levels of students studying coordinate graphing. The graphs consist mainly of projects in the first quadrant using ordered pairs with whole numbers and a few fractional points using the fractions 1/3, 1/2 and 2/3 for detail. When finished, they can use markers, colored pencils or other medium to enhance the project.
Instructional Materials Include:
1. Student Directions for Plotting Coordinates
2. Directions for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions
3. Directions for Plotting Coordinates in Quadrant I
4. Directions for Plotting Coordinates in All 4 Quadrants
5. Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in Quadrant I
6. Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in All 4 Quadrants.
1. Coordinate graph paper for plotting (with light and dark grids)
2. Coordinate points to plot list
3. Full sized answer keys
4. Color and black and white samples of the completed projects.
1. Columbus’ Ships
2. Haunted House
4. Pumpkin with Leaves
5. Spider Web (no fractions,uses all 4 quadrants )
6. Spider Web on a Post
7. Witch flying over a Cemetery.
If you like these projects please let us know. There are over 200 projects, math labs and activities covering the entire school year and some are cross curricular (Sports, Patriotism, Seasons, Holidays, History, Landmarks, Foreign Language and Science). Lessons begin at 4th grade and are appropriate for the Middle School and some for High School students. These projects have been used successfully at both the Elementary and Middle School levels.
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Anthony and Linda Iorlano
Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems.
Common Core State Standards
CCSS.Math.Content.5.G.A.1 Use a pair of perpendicular number lines, called axes, to define a coordinate system, with the intersection of the lines (the origin) arranged to coincide with the 0 on each line and a given point in the plane located by using an ordered pair of numbers, called its coordinates. Understand that the first number indicates how far to travel from the origin in the direction of one axis, and the second number indicates how far to travel in the direction of the second axis, with the convention that the names of the two axes and the coordinates correspond (e.g., x-axis and x-coordinate, y-axis and y-coordinate).
Keywords: Autumn, Fall, Halloween, Pumpkin, Pumpkins, Witch, Columbus Day, Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, Ships, Spider Web, Web, Cemetery, Coordinate Drafting, Coordinate Drawing, Coordinates, Mystery Picture