In addition to being a math activity, this project can be used for any class requiring a map of the United States. Students will put their knowledge of coordinate systems, coordinate graphing and ordered pairs to work creating an outline map of the United States. They then add in the state lines using the coordinates provided. This will be created by plotting ordered pairs and then connecting them with straight lines.
This activity 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. Looks great on a bulletin board, too.
This project is challenging and for the intermediate to advanced coordinate graphing student. The graph consists of points in the first quadrant using ordered pairs with whole numbers and fractional points using the fractions 1/4, 1/3, 1/2, 2/3 and 3/4 for detail. When finished, they can use markers, colored pencils or other medium to enhance the project.
This lesson includes coordinate graph paper for plotting, a coordinate list, a full sized answer key and a sample of the completed project in color.
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Anthony Iorlano and Linda Iorlano
Specify locations and describe spatial relationships using coordinate geometry and other representational systems.
Describe location and movement using common language and geometric vocabulary make and use coordinate systems to specify locations and to describe paths
Core Curriculum Standards
Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.
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).