This coordinate graphing project is fun for the student and makes a great bulletin board idea as well. This project can be used for Christmas as a tree to be decorated as a plain tree for those students who do not celebrate the holiday. Students will use their knowledge of coordinate graphing and ordered pairs to work creating a drawing of a tree. This will be created by plotting ordered pairs and then connecting them with straight lines. When finished they can add decorations for the holiday.
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 is for beginning coordinate graphing student but can also be used by the intermediate coordinate graphing student. The graph consists of points in the first quadrant using ordered pairs with whole numbers and some fractional points using the fraction 1/2 for detail. There are two points which make use of the fraction 1/3. When finished, they can use markers, colored pencils or other medium to enhance the project.
Included in this download is:
Coordinate graph paper for plotting (with both a light and a dark grid), a coordinate list, a full sized answer key and a sample of the completed project in color.
Also included is:
Student Directions for Plotting Coordinates, Directions for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions, Directions for Plotting Coordinates in Quadrant I, Directions for Plotting Coordinates in All Quadrants, Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in Quadrant I, and Details for Plotting Coordinates with Fractions in All Quadrants.
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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).