This article is written for middle school students to learn about plotting points on a coordinate plane. It is brief (one page), but will give your students experience with the graphing points in the first quadrant. This can be used in station rotations or with a whole class. I have included directions and activity sheets for a partner reading activity and small group summarizing.
This article was written by Kimberly Wasylyk, a math teacher with over 10 years of experience.
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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).
Common Core Math Article - Coordinate Graphs
by Kimberly Wasylyk
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