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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.