Mystery picture graphs are a great way to make graphing coordinate pairs (or ordered pairs) fun! Students respond to them best when the mystery picture is something relevant to them. This mystery graph reveals a cute penguin--perfect for winter, and cute at any other time of year, too. For a cross-curricular lesson, challenge students to do research on penguins' habitats or discuss how climate change could impact penguins!
Difficulty level: 4 out of 5 - This graph includes coordinate pairs in all four quadrants, and some values are decimals that end in .5.
The download file includes the printable list of coordinate pairs with directions and an example of the finished product. It does not include a coordinate plane. I recommend having students make their own coordinate plane on graph paper (this is great practice, and you can download printable graph paper for free from www.printablepaper.com) or using a free printable coordinate plane.
In my experience, it is best NOT to print a coordinate plane on the back of the list of coordinate pairs, as students have difficulty flipping back and forth and remembering the pairs correctly. If you are seeking to save paper, I recommend printing the directions and coordinate pair sheet two to a page instead.