ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PROJECTS (Grades 2 – 4)
These coordinate graphing projects are fun for students and they make great bulletin board displays as well. These projects are ideal for covering Thanksgiving and early American History. Students will use their knowledge of coordinate graphing and ordered pairs to create drawings for the season. They will be created by plotting ordered pairs and then connecting them with straight lines or by coloring in the grid.
These activities 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 teacher.
These projects are for the beginning coordinate graphing student. The first graph is a color grid on which the student will color in the square corresponding to the location given by a letter and a number. The other two graphs consist of projects in the first quadrant. They use ordered pairs with whole numbers and a few points using the fraction 1/2
for detail. If you wish, you can plot those points on the coordinate sheet for them before you run off their copy or use them to begin to teach them to plot fractional points. When finished, they can use markers, colored pencils or other medium to enhance the project.
1. The Mayflower Color Grid
2. The Mayflower Coordinate Grid
3. Pilgrim Hat
1. Coordinate graph paper for plotting (Light and Dark Grids)
2. Coordinate list of points to plot
3. Full sized answer keys
4. Sample of the completed projects in color
5. Student Directions for Plotting Coordinates in Quadrant 1
We have also included two write on shapes
for the students to create a short story.
1. Pilgrim Hat with Buckle
2. Pilgrim Hat Outline
If you like these projects please let us know. There are many projects covering the entire school year and some projects which are cross curricular (Sports, Patriotism, Seasons, Holidays, History, Landmarks, Foreign Language and Science). Lessons begin at 2nd grade and are appropriate for the Elementary School, Middle School and some for High School students. These projects have been used successfully at both the Elementary and Middle School levels.
All projects are copyrighted, so please don’t distribute them to all of your colleagues. Instead direct them to our Store:
Anthony & Linda Iorlano
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).
Thanksgiving, Mayflower, Pilgrim, Coordinate Graphing, Coordinate Drawing, Mystery Picture, Color Grid, Coordinates, Graphing, Grids