Lesson 1

Explore the Coordinate Grid

Lesson Purpose

The purpose of this lesson is for students to build familiarity with the structure of the coordinate grid.

Lesson Narrative

In this lesson students use the coordinates on a coordinate grid to describe the location of rectangles. Students have used the grid, without coordinates, in other courses where they drew shapes and described their properties. In this lesson, students discover the usefulness of the numbers on a coordinate grid by trying to communicate to their partner the size and location of a rectangle. It gives students a reason to attend to the features of the grid and to use language precisely (MP6). Then they further exploit the coordinates using them to pick one rectangle out of a set of closely related rectangles all lying in different locations on the coordinate grid. Students are formally introduced to the terms coordinate grid, axes, horizontal axis, and vertical axis.

  • Engagement

Learning Goals

Teacher Facing

  • Recognize the structure of a coordinate grid and use it to describe the location of two-dimensional shapes.

Student Facing

  • Let’s explore the coordinate grid.

Required Materials

Materials to Copy

  • Can You Draw It Stage 6 Recording Sheet
  • Explore the Coordinate Grid Cards

Required Preparation

Activity 1:

  • Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.

CCSS Standards


Building Towards

Lesson Timeline

Warm-up 10 min
Activity 1 25 min
Activity 2 10 min
Lesson Synthesis 10 min
Cool-down 5 min

Teacher Reflection Questions

In what ways did students use informal language to explain the structure of the coordinate grid? How did you connect their informal language to more formal math vocabulary?

Suggested Centers

  • Can You Draw It? (1–5), Stage 5: Grade 4 Shapes (Supporting)
  • Which One? (K–5), Stage 5: Grade 4 Shapes (Supporting)

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