I always strive to find ways to incorporate some "fun" math with my class, especially during holiday seasons when they're already excited for the event. I've been able to find a few pre-made coordinate plotting activities for a few holidays, but not as many as I wanted. I finally decided to sit down and make them for the big holidays for my class!
The grid goes from A1 to J10. Students start in a color column on the coordinate list and use their fingers to go up from the letter and right from the number until their fingers meet on their grid (I have found that my students understand it best when I have them use their fingers as "trackers" until they get used to the concept of coordinate plotting.) They then color that spot on the grid according to the color code. Before moving on to the next coordinate, they have to remember to cross off/highlight the coordinate they just completed so that they don't lose their place and get confused.
This is a great math activity to introduce the concept of plotting coordinates on a grid, and it even helps with letter recognition if some students are still a little shabby on that concept. I created this when I was teaching kindergarten and after the first one, they all remembered what to do for subsequent holidays when I'd pass it out. I use it with my 1st graders now. Some students will definitely struggle, mostly because they want to jump around to different coordinates instead of just following the column downward one at a time, causing them to lose their place. This makes it a good activity to work on organization, neatness, and patience, too! Last but not least, there is even a line at the bottom for students to write a Halloween greeting (ex: Happy Halloween!) and practice a little bit of writing.
Most of all, the kids enjoy doing this activity because they don't realize they're doing math, they just think they are coloring for the holiday. Great for hallway or classroom displays, and also a cute keepsake for parents! Works well as a whole group activity, centers, or extra fun for students who may finish other work early. Can also be a good homework activity.
Keep an eye out for my other holiday coordinate plotting activities!
P.S. Don't mind the blank page in the middle of the PDF file--Word wouldn't let me delete the blank page when I was making this.