Coordinate PLANES: Paper Airplanes from Plotting Points

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5th - 7th
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Plotting Points (Ordered Pairs) on the Coordinate Plane - Fun Activity:

If the students plot points correctly and connect the lines as directed, the page folds up into a paper airplane!

This activity is a fun way for your class to practice graphing ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.

Two versions are included:
- Version One incorporates reflections of points and lines across the x-axis or y-axis.
- Version Two is more basic and all points are given as ordered pairs.

Students plot points and connect them to create lines. They answer a few questions (identifying quadrants and points) on a short worksheet, then follow the directions to fold along their lines to create a paper airplane.

Choose the version with or without reflections depending on which is appropriate for your class (or some of each for easy differentiation). Print one worksheet and one coordinate plane sheet per student.

***For more advanced students, try the higher level Coordinate Planes activity that incorporates linear equations in Slope-Intercept Form: Coordinate PLANES: Paper Airplanes from Graphing Linear Equations

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3 plus answer keys
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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).


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