There's a chill in the air, and your students are dreaming of snow days and school breaks. Turn that energy to productive skills practice with this wintry ordered pairs practice activity. Your students will put their knowledge of coordinate systems, coordinate graphing, and ordered pairs to work creating a mystery picture with a seasonal theme for winter. Students plot points from a list of ordered pairs and then connect the dots to form a snowflake. A bonus box question provides a chance to discuss symmetry. Two versions of the activity are included for different grade levels, or for differentiation: a primary version with fewer points, and letters along the X-axis, and a more advanced version with a smaller graph and numbers only. Because the design is secular, it's a great activity for getting into the holiday spirit, while still allowing all students to participate.
The coordinate planes on both versions of the graph include positive numbers only. The full version includes 11 pages: cover, tips for teaching coordinate graphing, beginner and advanced coordinate lists, beginner and advanced blank graph pages, and answer keys showing both the simple design plotted on the grid as well as a decorated version.
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Snowflake Winter / Holiday Mystery Graph Activity by Anna M. Colley
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