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Geoboard Graphing
Posted by:Jennie #53053

Use geoboards and fruit loops to play a modified version of Battleship. First, students use tape to label the side and bottom of their geoboards with numbers (creating the ordered pairs). Students place a red fruit loop on one ordered pair. Partner students, placing a divider between desks (folders standing up work well). Students then use other colored fruit loops to mark off ordered pairs as they call them out in an attempt to locate their partners red fruit loop. I always model this with the whole group first, using a dot pattern on the overhead for the geoboard, red marker for the red fruit loop and other colored marker for the other fruit loops. One child turns their seat so they cannot see the overhead, I mark an ordered pair and they begin guessing coordinates. I circle as they guess OR have other students circle the guesses....

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An idea...
Posted by:LindaR #48528

I hope I'm understanding the need here! First of all, ask your student what might help him/her to remember the X axis. This will get him/her to think about what it means. Of course, build on his/her idea if needed...

My fourth grade students came up with a variety of ways to remember, so I didn't want to confuse them with MY way of remembering (or someone else's!). I still had some who got confused, so I showed them this trick:

Think of X as a person walking. I made an X on the overhead, put shoes on it, and a head. We had a lot of fun with that (which made them even more involved). I showed them that we always need to walk to the ladder before we start climbing it (show with fingers, X sticks, etc).

I didn't want to emphasize much with the Y...

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ordered pairs
Posted by:Ann #53265

One way to help them understand the order you graph them in is to compare it to an airplane taking off. First, the airplane goes across a runway, graph the first number across. Next, it takes off into the sky, for the second number, go up. I found that this helps them understand.

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Posted by:tresie #135714

When I was student teaching some years ago my cooperating teacher did two lessons with ordered pairs that the children really enjoyed. In one lesson she had a grid on her board with small treats and the children had to correctly name the paired numbers to receive the treat. In another lesson she had a big grid taped out on the floor and the children played a game similar to Twister using ordered pairs as the destinations for their body parts.

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Games to help
Posted by:5thTeacher #135715

I also played a form of Twister on the floor to help them. We went through together labeling the X axis, y axis, origin, etc. on the taped off grid. After everyone had a turn to stand on a pair of coordinates, we played tic tac toe and battleship. Tic tac toe is where students have a grid, and one person is X and one person is o. They have to try and get 4 points in a row, but they have to say the ordered pair before they can claim it. They loved Battleship and it really got them thinking about graphing coordinate points!

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graphing pictures
Posted by:Meaghan #67383

I couldn't find any either, so I made up my own. All you need is a piece of graph paper with labeled numbers on one axis and letters on the other. Make up really simple pictures. A house with a pointed roof,chimney, door and window is good and simple. I also did a very simple daisy with a stem and leaf. The grass below was on diagnals.

Another fun thing I made up was a coordinate search game the students loved. They name coordinates to look under flaps to try to match a target picture. Make a large grid (maybe 4 feet?) and do your letter and number coordinates. Find a really silly graphic and make two copies of it. This is what the students will search for. Post one of the graphics on the top of the grid. Then get about 12 more silly graphics and tape them to index cards and...

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Treasure Map
Posted by:Krissy #31290

I saw an idea on this board awhile back. Make a large grid on your classroom floor with masking tape. Label it with numbers, letters to give it coordinates. Place trinket items and treats around the grid. Students draw coordinates from a bag/hat and find their treasure on the floor.

If it is longitude and latitude you would like to work on, maybe you could put up a world map on the overhead and label locations with numbers or symbols. Students can then draw out coordinates and locate their symbol. The symbol will correspond with a treat or treasure laid out on the table.

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Another Geoboard Idea
Posted by:mjo #53131

My class loves using geoboards for graphing coordinate pairs also. We use binder paper reinforcers (self-stick circles). Give each student at least 5 white circles and at least 5 color circles. Then have them put the reinforcers together so they are white on one side and color on the other. Each student then places 5 circles on the geoboard with the color side up. Then I roll 2 dice - white for the y-coordinate and red for the x-coordinate - and call out the numbers (the 6 is called as a 0). Students who have a circle on the "called coordinates" turn the circle over to the white side. The first student to have all white circles wins - after they read all of them back to me. (Of course, all of the students will check carefully so they are all practicing again!) If you can't find color circles, you can have the...

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Grids
Posted by:Joy #21649

Here are a few ideas:

1. I set up a grid system on the floor of my classroom using either masking or colorful electrical tape. We then use two dice to call the coordinates. One die has letters and the other has numbers. I place a few small prizes like stickers, pencils, free book samples, markers etc. on the points. If someone rolls that coordinate, they get to keep the prize. The kids love playing the grid game.

2. I also make up a computer grid template on Kid Pix Deluxe Studio for my students to use. They must select certain stamps and place them inside the correct boxes on the grid. They love this! You can have them print their projects for a grade. I use this as a work station activity/center activity.

I hope these ideas are helpful!

Happy Teaching!!

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Try this...
Posted by:LindaR #54516

I have seen a couple of ready-made coordinate activities online, but they were seasonal. Also, I have collected a few from various educational magazines, but I've found that making them is easier than searching for them!

All you have to do is use a picture you already have and overlay a grid to create coordinates. Depending on the age/grade of your child, you can use one or more quadrants. You can find just about any picture around your home that will work (animals, landscaping, buildings, shapes, etc.). Coloring books are good sources for pictures.

You can also have your child make a coordinate "mystery picture."

Hope this helps!



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graphing ordered pairs
Posted by:Cheryl #53052

If you can get your hands on a book called "Family Math", they have a great activity called "Hurkle". It's a lot like battleship and students have to use ordered pairs and directions (N,S,E,W,NE, NW, etc) to find the hurkle. I also have a workbook on graphing but it's at school. Students find the ordered pairs on the graph, then connect to find a picture. Good practice.

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