Coordinate Plane Geometry

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

  • 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!


  • 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.


  • 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.