# Coordinate Planes Teaching Resources

Explore coordinate plane worksheets for plotting points, grid games, digital activities and more teacher-created resources created to make teaching this graphing concept fun and engaging this school year!

This collection of curriculum-aligned and editable teacher-created resources has been carefully reviewed by the expert teachers on the Teach Starter team to ensure every single one is ready to use in the classroom. That means you can save hours on lesson planning with activities ready to print or use digitally!

Are you looking to learn more about this graph-focused section of the math curriculum, or just on the hunt for fresh ideas and activities to engage your students? Read on for a primer from our teacher team, including a look at the meaning of coordinate plane, how students plot points on them and some key vocabulary!

## What Is a Coordinate Plane? A Kid-Friendly Definition

We'll start off by defining this math tool so you can explain what it means to your students.

A coordinate plane, sometimes called a coordinate grid, is a two-dimensional plane that consists of two perpendicular number lines — called the x-axis and y-axis — that intersect at a point called the origin. It's also sometimes called a Cartesian plane.

In math class, we use a coordinate plane to locate points in space using coordinates or ordered pairs of numbers (x, y):

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**x-coordinate**represents the horizontal position of a point. The section of the x-axis extending from the origin point toward the right represents positive integers, while the section extending from the origin point to the left represents negative integers. - The
**y-coordinate**represents the vertical position of a point. In this case, the section of the y-axis extending from the origin point toward the bottom of the top represents positive integers, while the section extending from the origin point to the bottom of your graph paper represents negative integers.

## What Are Coordinate Plane Quadrants?

When you create a coordinate plane with perpendicular lines, you aren't just creating two axes. You're also separating the grid or graphing paper into open-ended box-like shapes.

These are called quadrants, the word we use for the four sections of the coordinate plane that are formed by the x-axis and y-axis.

*Four quadrants of the coordinate plane are labeled above. *

## How Many Quadrants Are in a Coordinate Plane?

Any coordinate plane will have the same number of quadrants — four — and they will always be set up in the same way. They're also often labeled with Roman numerals.

**Quadrant I**—The upper right-hand quadrant where both x and y coordinates are positive is considered quadrant I or quadrant 1.**Quadrant II**—The upper left-hand quadrant where x coordinates are negative, and y coordinates are positive is considered quadrant II or quadrant 2.**Quadrant III**— The lower left-hand quadrant where both x and y coordinates are negative is called quadrant III or quadrant 3.**Quadrant IV**—The lower right-hand quadrant where x coordinates are positive, and y coordinates are negative is called quadrant IV or quadrant 4.

## How Do You Plot Points on a Coordinate Plane?

In fifth or sixth grade, most students learn how to plot points on a coordinate plane. Plotting points is the act of locating and marking a point on the coordinate plane by using its x and y coordinates.

But what's a point? In this context, the word "point" refers to the location in space that can be defined by its coordinates — essentially, its position on a coordinate plane.

When students look at the two-dimensional coordinate plane, the point they're plotting is represented by an ordered pair of numbers (x, y), where x represents the horizontal coordinate, and y represents the vertical coordinate.

Learning to plot those points in upper elementary helps kids visualize the relationship between variables now so they can dig into more complex geometry and data analysis in high school and beyond.

In middle and high school, for example, students will move into graphing linear functions and inequalities on their coordinate planes.

## Coordinate Plane Activities

This collection of worksheets and activities is full of ideas from our teacher team to get your students engaged in their coordinate planes, but here are a few more that you may want to add to your teacher toolkit!

**City Design**— Get your future architects excited to design a city with a small group project! Groups can work together to build their own cities on a coordinate plane. They can include buildings, roads, landmarks ... the limit is only their imagination. This activity helps students develop their teamwork and builds their spatial reasoning skills.**Coordinate Race**— Split the class into teams, and provide each team with a set of coordinates. The first team to correctly plot all of the coordinates on their plane and connect them to form a shape wins the race and hopefully a prize from you!

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Review important 5th-grade math standards with a student-led interactive activity that covers 12 different mathematical concepts.

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### Equations, Tables, and Graphs, Oh My! – Differentiated Worksheets

Use these differentiated worksheets to practice using equations to create patterns within input-output tables and graphs.

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### 5th Grade Math Review – Test Prep Packet

Encourage your students to work through 8 pages of 5th-grade math problems while charting their progress to measure their success.

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### Coordinate Grid Mystery Pictures

Practice graphing ordered pairs with this set of differentiated coordinate grid mystery pictures.

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### Graphing Numerical Equations – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Recognize and analyze patterns in graphs, input-output tables, and equations with this interactive activity.

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### Ordered Pairs Match-Up

Practice plotting ordered pairs and describing the process for graphing with this match-up activity.

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### Graphing Using Input-Output Tables – Differentiated Worksheets

Use data from input-output tables to graph points with this set of differentiated worksheets.

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### Creating Ordered Pairs From Input-Output Tables – Worksheet

Create ordered pairs from an input-output table and determine the rule for each table with this worksheet.

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### Coordinate Plane Poster

A poster that explains the features of Coordinate Planes.

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### Input-Output Tables & Graphing – Task Cards

Practice reading input-output tables and plotting points in the first quadrant with this set of task cards.

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### Drawing With Ordered Pairs - Rocket

Students create a rocket ship by plotting a set of ordered pairs.

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### 5th Grade Algebraic Relationships Assessment

Assess student understanding of prime and composite numbers, numerical expressions, graphing numerical patterns, and more with this math assessment.

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### Valentine's Day Coordinate Plane Graphing

Plot 18 ordered pairs to reveal a surprise Valentine’s Day picture.

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### Coordinate Graphing Poster

Use this math reference sheet with your students when learning about coordinate graphing.

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### Coordinate Planes and Graphing – Vocabulary Cards

Promote math vocabulary development with this set of 18 graphing and coordinate plane cards.

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### Drawing With Ordered Pairs - House

Students create a house by plotting a set of ordered pairs.

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### Drawing With Ordered Pairs - Lion

Students create a lion by plotting a set of ordered pairs.

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### Understand Sequence Poster

A poster highlighting how to sequence when reading a piece of text.

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### Battleship Coordinate Grid Game

Practice using ordered pairs with this fun battleship game.