Coordinate graphing is a skill that students love. They enjoy the wonderful games we play. They REALLY love making the super cool coordinate graphing pictures I’ve made for them. Needless to say, once you’ve taught them how to graph the points……the reviewing for it is soooooo easy and sooooo fun!
Here is a freebie download of the “Word Wall” words I made for this coordinate graphing unit.
Here are pictures of how I used them in my room.
This year for teaching coordinate graphing, I made a half sheet handout. On one half of the half-sheet, I made a grid. On the other half, I gave directions for labeling the different parts of the grid to make it a coordinate graph. I also added some points for them to graph. We labeled these graphs together and graphed the points together. After the lesson, I gave them a very simple coordinate graph picture that I got out of a book that I already had. Click on the picture below to get the download of the freebie for labeling the graph.
The following day, we played my “I Have/ Who Has Coordinate Graphing” game. They LOVED it!! It is pretty quick because everybody loves looking for the points and the letters and most everyone truly understands how to graph points. With this “I Have/ Who Has” game, students end up looking for thirty-two ordered pairs. If you wanted, you could have students write the answers down as you went. I don’t do that with this particular “I Have/ Who Has” game, because it’s very easy to tell that all of the students are paying attention. It is very important that as a teacher, you print out an extra copy of the cards and not cut them out so that you can have an easy reference sheet. If someone goes when they aren’t suppose to (usually kids will pipe up if someone is wrong), it skips students and is a little difficult to find where the mistake was made. You can either buy this game here on my blog or you can purchase it from my Teachers Pay Teachers store.
Buy this amazing “I Have/ Who Has” game for only $2.00!
We also played a game that I fashioned off the Battleship game. I called it “The Tribute Search.” It is played exactly how Battleship is played except that one partner is Katniss and one is Cato. If the student is Katniss, they must hide Katniss, Peeta, and Rue (these are that players “ships”). If the student is Cato, that student hides Cato, Marvel, and Clove. I did this because for my sixth graders, “The Hunger Games” is huge. If you put a catchy title to stuff, kids will bend over backwards wanting to play. I play for a little while me against the whole class. Of course I’m not going to “find” all of their hiding places, but the back-and-forth game play lets them learn that rules and how to play the game. Trust me…..I’ve done it by just giving them the rules, and I spent more time walking around to each pair of students going back over the rules. This saves me a lot of time and gray hair.
You can buy “The Tribute Search Coordinate Graph” game at my Teachers Pay Teachers store, or here on my blog for only $2.00!!
Because our curriculum calendar only allowed a couple of days for coordinate graphing, I haven’t played some of the other games I have nor have I given them my “Hunger Games” nor my “Timmy Turner” coordinate graphing picture. I will be doing the other games in a special class I have that includes students who scored poorly on their state test. They take it as an elective. In that class, I am able to let them play even more games and do some of the things I don’t have time to do in class. I will also use my coordinate graphing pictures for times when I am going to be absent, or those weird days before a big break when trying to teach a new skill would be fruitless, but you don’t want to waste the day. Below are some freebies and some products I have for coordinate graphing. I have listed the price or that they are freebies. You can purchase the products from my Teachers Pay Teachers store, or here on my blog with a credit card or your PayPal account. While you are at my Teachers Pay Teachers store, I would LOVE it if you would go ahead and click the “Follow this Store” button. By following me, you will receive an e-mail letting you know when I have added something to my store. Thank you so much for your support!! I hope you enjoyed this post and the items I have!!
Here are links to some of my coordinate graphing pictures I’ve made. “The Hunger Games” and “Timmy Turner” are pay for products, but the “OKC Thunder” and the “San Antonio Spurs” are freebies!
My Hunger Games coordinate graph picture has been bought by many and I have had tons of praises. My own students LOVE it as well. The price of this gem is $3.00. Click on the picture or on the link to my store to by it from Teachers Pay Teachers, or buy it here on my blog.