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Coordinate Plane Geometry

Reinforce understanding of ordered pairs. Students will plot a shape and create a vibrant design.

  • Grade 4
    Grade 5
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    1. Give each student a piece of Crayola® Giant Marker and Watercolor Pad paper, a ruler and assorted Crayola® Markers.
    2. Instruct the students to draw an axis with both x and y equaling eight inches (20 cm).
    3. Ask the students to draw a small line every half inch (approximately 1 cm) from the center to create the points of the axis.
    4. Once students’ quadrants are complete, ask them to create shapes with planned, or random ordered pairs. Allow them to choose to create a known shape or a random form.
    5. Instruct the students to use their rulers to draw a line from each point they plot to create the outline of their shapes.
    6. Encourage students to create a list of the ordered pairs they plotted on the bottom left or right of their grid.
    7. Ask the students to draw a design inside the shape they created.
    8. Once all students have finished, ask them to find a partner. The partners will trade their list of ordered pairs and see if they can recreate each other’s shapes!
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    MATH: Graph points on the coordinate plane to solve real-world and mathematical problems.

    MATH: Draw and identify lines and angles, and classify shapes by properties of their lines and angles.

    VA: Combine ideas to generate an innovative idea for art making.

    VA: Demonstrate openness in trying new ideas, methods and directions in making art and design.

  • Adaptations

    Students create separate shapes in each of the four quadrants rather than using the entire coordinate plane.

    Provide students with a list of ordered pairs to plot with a goal of correctly identifying the solution (shape).

    Use Crayola® Window Crayons or Markers to make a window into a coordinate plane!

    Investigate how artists sometimes use grids to create symmetry and scale in their work.

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