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Early European Exploration Math

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Graphing ordered pairs on a coordinate grid meets early European explorers! This math-social studies cross-curricular activity will have your students learning how to graph ordered pairs on a coordinate grid. In doing so, they will also learn the exploration routes of many European explorers.

This three part lesson plan, designed to take approximately 2 days, will guide your students through the concept of plotting ordered pairs on coordinate grids. They will then apply that knowledge to a map and graphing routes of explorers such as Sir Francis Drake, Hernan Cortes, Vasco de Gama, John Cabot, America Vespucci, and Jacques Cartier (among others).

This is the perfect accompaniment to a social studies unit on explorers as well as a lesson on 5th grade CCSS math standards.

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15 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent real world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation.
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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