This is a great activity to go along with a lesson on the coordinate plane or graphing. Students plot coordinates and then connect the dots to solve a riddle.
5 min - explanation and model by teacher
20-30 min for students to complete (depending on age/ability)
5 min - display finished graph and review common errors
Need more time? Have students make their own design on graph paper and create a list of coordinates so someone else can recreate their design. This activity is also makes for an easy and fun homework assignment.
Common Core Math Standards:
This activity can be an extension for students who have finished other problems, or it can be a refresher on the coordinate plane and graphing for older students before learning new material that requires use of the same skills.