Confused When Plotting Coordinates on a Cartesian Plane?
Plotting coordinates on a grid or cartesian plane can be confusing and stressful to students, but it doesn't have to be! This site will help you actually make it FUN!
Before the fun plotting practice can begin it is important to understand the number lines that make up the x and y axes. Every point on a coordinate grid has a unique set of 2 coordinates to identify its location. This unique set of coordinates is made up of an x-coordinate, which identifies the point's position horizontally, and the y-coordinate, which identifies its position vertically on the grid. It is a way of mathematically mapping positions on the 2-dimensional plane. For more, see the "Plotting Basics" page.
This website is designed for intermediate and middle school students, parents and teachers-
to understand the cartesian plane or coordinate grid
to consistently plot x/y coordinates accurately
to provide teachers strategies that promote successful plotting of coordinates in all four quadrants for all students
and to provide fun, cross-curricular activities that provide needed practice of this skill throughout the year.
This site began as a resource for plotting ordered pairs in all four quadrants, but I'm excited to say is currently expanding to include CoordinArt plotting practice that is limited to Quadrant I!
Since my designs are so detailed, they do take time to complete, PLEASE plan a minimum of 2 days for most to be completed. I usually give one day in class and then have the completed design due several days later!