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PK - 12
Multiple Subjects
Class Size:
10 to 30
Recent Resources
  1. The Coordinate Plane
  2. Area of Circles
  3. Bats - Introductory Lesson
More Resources


  • Interactive Coordinate Plane
  • Interactive Chart
  • Velcro and magnetic labels for coordinate plane
  • Velcro numbers/labels for interactive chart
  • Multiple print outs of chart
  • "Busy Bee" worksheets
  • Multiple pieces of graph paper
  • Homework exercises
  • Markers
  • Colored tacks
  • Bright colored yarn
  • One dry erase marker
  • Rulers (enough for all students)
  • Scissors


  • Students will be bale to successfully label the different parts of the coordinate plane.
  • Students will be able to graph various points on the coordinate plane and label quadrants without a model.

Resource Instructions

1.  Start-up:  Place the interactive coordinate plane and chart at the front of the classroom.  Place all magnetic/velcro labels for the graph on the board next to the graph.  Set up all velcro numbers at the front of the classroom on a table.  Have students help pass out rulers, 2 pieces of grpah paper each, 2 chart printouts, and a marker to each student in the class.

2.  As the following questions regarding the graph:

  • Has anyone ever seen or heard of the coordinate plane?  If so, where and when?  What did you or someone else use it for?
  • What is the first thing every graph needs?  Hint:  It's on the cover of every book!

3.  As students answer questions having to do with where the quadrants are located and what they mean, label them using the magnetic pieces placed on the board earlier.

4.  Have students fill out their coordinate plane as you are filling in the giant visual of the graph.  These papers are to be kept neatly in students math binders.

5.  Take all labels off of the graph except for the title.  Use a tack to graph a point and ask students to help determine the x and y coordinates of the point.  Using the velcro numbers, fill in the interactive chart.

6.  Ask for a couple of volunteers to come up to the board to grpah a point using a tack and then fill in the interactive chart with the correct point name, individual coordinates, ordered pair and quadrant.  Make sure that students who are in their seats are filling out their copies of the chart to go into their math binders for future reference.

7.  Cut a piece of yarn long enough to wrap around the three or four points that have been graphed on the the plane.

8.  Discuss with students the geometric shape that has been formed and ask what shape would be formed if six points were graphed for example.  This also makes reference to geo-boards.

9.  Hand out homework sheets and go over directions. 


HOMEWORK:  The teacher may select a homework from a teacher manual, assign homework from a textbook, or create a new homework sheet asking follow-up questions and/or requiring students to find and label given points on a coordinate plane.


Assessments may be made through teacher observations as well as question/answer periods.  Another form of assessment will be the homework and/or "Busy Bee" worksheet (s).

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Posted by: etilton

I will be adding pictures of the interactive coordinate plane and chart that I made to go along with the lesson.