ALEX Learning Activity


Treasure Map Graphing

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Emily Fogleman
System:Hoover City
School:Brock's Gap Intermediate School
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 1863
Treasure Map Graphing
Digital Tool/Resource:
Treasure Map Graphing
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Students lead a quest for buried treasure in this geometry game. Students must follow clues to identify x- and y-coordinates on a treasure map, to lead them around the island before landing on the pirate booty. Students will also graph points on the coordinate plane.  

This activity results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 5
24 ) Represent real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane, and interpret coordinate values of points in the context of the situation. [5-G2]

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
4A2c: Graph or interpret points with whole number or letter coordinates on grids or in the first quadrant of the coordinate plane.

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.5.24- Identify the coordinate values of a point with whole number coordinates in quadrant 1 (x and y values limited to 5 or less).

MA2015 (2016)
Grade: 6
11 ) Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. [6-NS8]

NAEP Framework
NAEP Statement::
8A2d: Solve problems involving coordinate pairs on the rectangular coordinate system.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO1d: Write or rename rational numbers.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO1e: Recognize, translate or apply multiple representations of rational numbers (fractions, decimals, and percents) in meaningful contexts.

NAEP Statement::
8NPO1h: Order or compare rational numbers (fractions, decimals, percents, or integers) using various models and representations (e.g., number line).

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
M.AAS.6.11 - Graph or identify points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane, given a coordinate plane on graph paper between -10 and 10.

Learning Objectives:

Students will solve real-world mathematical problems by identifying and graphing points on a coordinate plane using x- and y-coordinates.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  
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This game can be projected on the board to be played as a whole class, or students can use it for individual or partner practice of coordinate plane skills. This activity asks students to identify the coordinates of objects in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Fifth-grade teachers may have only focused on Quadrant I, so students may need additional instruction or scaffolding before completing this activity. Treasure Map Graphing may be completed to practice skills or assess after teaching this skill. 

*Note: For negative numbers, students must first click on the number, and then click the red +/- sign. 

Assessment Strategies:

In addition to identifying the coordinates for a given object, students also need to be able to plot the object when given the coordinates.

Teachers should assess student understanding by creating a similar coordinate plane in the classroom and asking students to "plot" objects on the plane when given the x- and y-coordinates.

A worksheet similar to this can be used to assess students' ability to identify and graph points: Points in the Coordinate Plane Worksheet 

Advanced Preparation:

Teachers should practice playing the game before showing to students and ensure that students have compatible devices.

Variation Tips (optional):

For students who have learning deficits, the teacher may choose to modify this learning experience by having students only identify the coordinates of objects located in Quadrant I, or by having students complete a similar activity on a coordinate plane created in the classroom, rather than using this virtual manipulative. 

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