Students can get accustomed to plotting numbers on this large number line, and demonstrate their understanding of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division using number lines. The number plane or Cartesian plane is like two number lines that cross at zero; one of them is horizontal and the other is vertical. This Cartesian coordinate mat will make plotting points a lot more visual and fun.
See one of the games we play at schools under the Learn button below.
Grade Levels: 4-8
Game activities included:
Checkers or game markers in two colours
4 squares to identify the battleship
Whiteboard and marker to identify the ship’s coordinates
I Have . . . Who Has?
Post it notes with letters (one for each letter of the alphabet).
Activity cards with statements
I have T, Who has (3,6) Note: H is on the coordinates (3,6)
I have H, Who has (9,0) Note: E is on the coordinates (9,0)
I have E, Who has (6,2) etc.
Four in a Row!
Checkers/game markers in two colours
Deck of cards with face cards removed
Quadrant 1 on a cartesian grid
Quadrant 1 on grid
Assorted letters on the grid. These letters are used to create words.
Numbered cards: 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1, Oh no! (optional)
Extension: you can use all 4 quadrants
Pictures of food from a grocery store. They should be approximately the size of a small post-it note.
Spinner divided into 5 sections (free turn, happy face, happy face, happy face, sad face)
If students spin a sad face it means that they forgot their money at home and all of their groceries must be put back on the grid.
Quadrant 1 on the grid. This can be increased to include 2 or all 4 quadrants, as appropriate.
One spinner with four sections (right foot, left foot, right hand, left hand)
One set of coordinates on index cards e.g.,( 2, 4), (-4,5), (-6,-4)
Two judges/experts to ensure that coordinates are plotted correctly
One set of coordinates on index cards e.g.,( 2, 4), (-4,5), (-6,-4). Create cards for the quadrants you want to use.
Assorted play money
Game markers in two colours or shapes
Giant Cartesian Coordinates grid
Deck of cards
Game markers in two colours
Chart with legend to explain the value of the cards
Black cards = positive number
Red cards = negative number
Clubs = quadrant 1
Spades = quadrant 2
Diamonds = quadrant 3
Hearts = quadrant 4
Two large dice
markers (objects to mark points on the mat)