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Columbus Day Mystery Picture

Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Columbus Day Mystery Picture
Product Description
These coordinate graphing projects are fun for the student and make a great bulletin board idea as well. This project can be used for Columbus Day or for a history class studying the founding of the Americas. Students will use their knowledge of coordinate graphing and ordered pairs to work creating a drawing of the Nina, the Pinta and the Santa Maria, Columbus’ 3 ships. This will be created by plotting ordered pairs 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.

This project is for the beginning coordinate graphing student but can also be used by the intermediate student. The graph consists of points in the first quadrant using ordered pairs with whole numbers and fractional points using the fraction 1/2 for detail. There is one point which uses the fraction 1/3 and one which uses the fraction 2/3. 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, a coordinate list, a full sized answer key and a sample of the completed project in color.

If you like this project, please let us know. There are over 250 projects covering the entire school year and some projects which are cross curricular (Sports, Patriotism, Seasons, Holidays, History, 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 & Linda Iorlano

NCTM Standards
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: Nina, Pinta, Santa Maria, Coordinate Graphing, Coordinate Drawing, Columbus
Total Pages
5 pages
Answer Key
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