Today we started learning about coordinate graphs. I told my first hour that graphing on a coordinate graph was so much fun, and a couple of students said, “Mrs. Kerr you say that about everything.” My reply was, “Have I ever lied to you?” The majority of the room replied, “NO!”
I gave them all a yellow piece of paper (bright yellow to be exact) and we went over all of the parts of a coordinate plane…..the x-axis, y-axis, origin, each of the four quadrants, discussed ordered pairs and how to graph them.
They were given two worksheets that I copied out of a book called “The Basic Not Boring Middle School Grade Math Book.” The worksheets were called “Creature Coordinates” and “A Startling Meeting”. These were excellent worksheets and I highly recommend that book for anyone who teaches middle school math. It is actually a series of books that covers many topics. Today was an excellent day in which I believe the vast majority of students enjoyed. If they didn’t enjoy, they are pretty good actors. Tomorrow we play “Coordinate Grid Hangman” and Friday we play “Battleship”. It’s going to be a fun week!!