Provide your students with an engaging and interactive way to practice reading and writing coordinates. Students place stickers on the provided Grid Page and write the coordinates and sticker descriptions on the separate Coordinates Page. Students will need to use adjectives to describe each sticker. Color words are especially helpful. So instead of writing “Robot” student should write “yellow robot with the green face” or “blue robot with the red arms”.
The teacher will place the completed Grid Pages on desks and tables around the classroom at random. (like Scoot)
The teacher will mix the Coordinates Pages and pass them out randomly.
Be sure students do not get their own page.
Students then read the Coordinates Page and try to find the matching Grid Page.
(This is why students write their names on the back of the Grid Page.)
There are two sets included – depending if you want to assign this as classwork or homework.
One Grid Page provided for Primary Grades. Labels are letters A to F and numbers 1 to 8. Students record coordinates using “Bottoms Up” method. Across the bottom first and then up. To make a “Battleship” type practice game copy two grid pages for each student and one set of “stickers” for each student. Make a large construction paper folder gluing both grid pages side by side. Students glued “stickers” on one grid and use the other to mark their guesses. I recommend using using the red / yellow two-sided chips for marking hits and misses.
There are Four different Grid Pages provided for Intermediate Grades to choose from. Quadrants for NE, NW, SE, and SW. These coordinate are closer related to mapping skills with N and E being positive numbers and S and W being negative numbers. When recording coordinates using these pages, students record the dominate direction first – either North or South, followed by East or West. You can also challenge students to use all four quadrants!
Teacher Tips: I like to use the stickers from Carson-Dellosa. There are 9 different stickers to a mini page. I set out 3 – 4 different sets of theme stickers (Robots CD-168063, Dragons CD-168040, Mermaids CD-168044, etc...) and each student picks one sticker page for their Grid Page.
When solving / matching the Coordinates Page with the Grid Page. I make it more interesting by setting up testing tents around the room.
* I’ve included “Landforms” practice “stickers” to use.