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Elementary schoolers create and label the important components of a Cartesian coordinate system. Along with paper and pencil work, groups of pupils access the "General Coordinates Game" online to get further practice in these unique mathematical calculations. There is a terrific worksheet embedded in the plan, as well as a website that learners who need more practice can access. A most-impressive plan!
Challenge your learners to wrap graph paper around a ping pong ball to represent the latitude and longitude of the earth. It just can't be done! But it's a great introduction to latitude and longitude. It can be looked at in two-dimensional form like looking at a map. This can be related to the Cartesian coordinate plane. It can also be looked at in three-dimensional form like on a globe. A great hands-on activity to learn about latitude and longitude.
Young scholars use Cartesian coordinates or degrees of latitude and longitude to locate important locations within their specific countries. They Use a grid to apply the concept of latitude and longitude, or positive and negative Cartesian coordinates, to determine the position of an object in the room.
Students use a map and the Cartesian coordinate system to establish a grid system over an archaeological site, labeling each grid unit. They also determine the location of artifacts within each grid unit and construct a scientific inquiry concerning the location of artifacts on the site.
Fourth graders discover how to apply the Cartesian coordinate system by figuring out the length and width of their school playground. They determine that pacing is an important tool for the initial mapping of a site. Students conduct a simulated archeological site measurement by creating a grid of the playground and mapping make-believe artifacts.
Students explore the concept of the coordinate plane. In this coordinate plane lesson plan, students graph points on the coordinate plane using an applet. Students graph functions using an applet. Students play a Maze Game where they must use coordinates to solve the maze.
In this Cartesian coordinates worksheet, 11th graders solve and complete 4 different multiple choice problems. First, they express each of the Cartesian coordinates provided as polar coordinates. Then, students find the Cartesian coordinates of each of the listed polar points.
Students explore the three dimensional Cartesian coordinate system and discuss how it is important for structural engineers in order to be able to describe locations in space to fellow engineers. They participate in a hands-on activity in which they practice finding points in space, and describing the location of given points in space.
Fourth graders are introduced to how to properly create a grid site. In groups, they use Cartesian coordinates to establish the boundaries for the grid and photograph the location of artifacts. They exchange their photos with another group and they are to recreate the site exactly.
Ready to introduce your class to the coordinate plane? This website includes a detailed lesson plan that includes two interactive games to help learners practice graphing ordered pairs. The scripted discussion is a little cheesy and a little more direction might be necessary for the games, but would be an easy way to practice graphing online.