Get to Know You Graph of Me Math Activity for Back to School

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Grade Levels
5th - 9th
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1 Student Page provided with 3 graph formats + Google Slides version + Bulletin Board Letters
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The Graph of Me is an engaging activity to practice graphing ordered pairs and to help you get to know your students. (Perfect for the first day of math class!)

In this activity, students determine if statements are true or false about themselves. Each statement has a corresponding ordered pair. Students graph the points for each true statement to create a unique shape. The result is "the graph of me!"

3 versions included (in both printable paper format and online Google Slides format)

  • 4 quadrants blank graph
  • 4 quadrants numbered graph
  • 1st quadrant numbered graph (Great for students graphing only positive numbers!)

Now in digital Google Slides format and printable PDF!

The online format is accessible through Google Classroom with a link provided in the download.

Bulletin board letters to spell “The Graph of Me” are included in the PDF. Each student's graph will be different. Some teachers have asked students to make a picture and color the shape created on their graphs. They look great hanging as classroom decoration.

An included PowerPoint file allows you to edit and print. The Google Slides version is not easily editable (unless you type new statements and place the text boxes over the original).

Note: An answer key is not provided because each graph will be different. However, the points work their way around the graph so that no lines will intersect if connected in order (whether students mark every statement true about themselves or only a few). Therefore, you will be able to easily spot graphing errors if you see intersecting lines.

This is a great way to making graphing points fun. It works well on the first day of school too!


Here's what teachers said about the "Graph of Me" activity:

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Miranda B. says, "My students loved this activity! Each of them was so surprised to see what shape they had at the end of graphing. I thought these were a great activity for my students to practicing their graphing skills, and I loved being able to create a beautiful display in the hallway."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Annika J. says, "I used the Quadrant 1 activity when first introducing my 5th graders to coordinate grids. I hung up our finished products around the room. My students loved getting to see all the different graphs that everyone made! Great practice and super engaging!"

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Hannah R. says, "My students loved this! We were also able to review the coordinate plane through this activity, which was perfect before students dive into 8th grade content."

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Melissa G. says, "We completed this during the first week of school, but they are still hanging up in my classroom (it is now April). My students still look at them and fondly remember completing it. They even ask if we can do it again to see how our answers and graphs will change! I had my students color in the "picture" it made and some turned them into real figures (think: cloud formations lol). One saw a bird, one saw a leaf, one saw an elf. Great activity to get to know your students and practice math in an engaging way!"

Total Pages
1 Student Page provided with 3 graph formats + Google Slides version + Bulletin Board Letters
Answer Key
Does not apply
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
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).
Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.
Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane.


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