When students first study the coordinate plane, they need to practice
plotting some points. In addition, depending on the order you are teaching
topics in, you may want to have them practice using the Pythagorean
theorem to find the distance between points.
plotting points can be a mundane task. This type of activity gives
students a more enjoyable way to become familiar with the coordinate
plane. They enjoy plotting points more if in doing so they make a picture
and it feels more like a game or a connect the dots then just a drill.
This activity is great for the teacher too – it is much easier to quickly
be able to tell if your students are plotting accurately when the points
form a particular figure.
To do this activity you must have introduced the basics of the coordinate
plane and coordinates as well as the Pythagorean Theorem.
I made up a
worksheet here for the students
to plot points that will form the rough outline of an umbrella. Afterwards
I have them use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two
of the points. I created this worksheet using
In one class I teach, I also have the students find the area or perimeter
of some part of the figure and also practice rise and run… If you want to
add a little more to the activity, check out this
Be creative. I like to create a couple different figures so that not all
the students draw the same picture. It’s easy to make connect – the – dots
for drawing a boat or house or apple…etc…
What things are you trying to emphasize while introducing the coordinate
plane? Try incorporating other ideas into this activity too.
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