Students have been introduced to coordinate graphs in previous grades, but we will review them in fourth grade. Students are given a graph and a set of coordinates to plot on the graph. For example, students might be given (4,7). The first number tells the students how far over they should go on the graph. The second number tells them how far up they should go. I like to tell them it is like shooting a layup. First you run, then you jump. Run then jump. Run 4 over and jump up 7. The students would then identify that point on the graph. In fourth grade, students might be given a set of points and asked to identify the picture. To do this, all students need to do is connect the points and look at the shape or picture they make. There are two practice pages you can click on below. There are no word problems for this skill, but students need to understand that similar skills are used when reading maps in Social Studies.
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