Polygons and Coordinate Planes

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Introduce your students to the coordinate plane and give them an opportunity to work with that plane by drawing polygons. The lesson begins by introducing the coordinate plane and defining vocabulary like quadrants, x-axis, y-axis, and ordered pair. Then the lesson introduces polygons and defines related vocabulary like vertices and and line segments. Students then work in pairs to draw various shapes. Practice sheets, a suggested homework assignment, and a quiz for assessment are included with the lesson. The lesson will be most effective when used in conjunction with a lesson about shapes or graphing.

Polygons and Coordinate Planes Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Polygons and Coordinate Planes
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on comparing Polygons and Coordinate Planes
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

The lesson begins by introducing the coordinate plane and defining vocabulary like quadrants, x-axis, y-axis, and ordered pair.  Then the lesson introduces polygons and defines related vocabulary like vertices and and line segments.  Students then work in pairs to draw various shapes.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with other lessons about shapes or graphing.

Classroom Instructions:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that we can draw shapes on top of a coordinate plane.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce quadrants and give students additional examples of plotting points in order to help them practice.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on polygons and the coordinate plane. Have students practice problems with different shapes.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Have students practice problems by drawing and writing the coordinates (ordered pairs) of shapes they create.
  5. Follow Activity page with students. Have students work in pairs.
  6. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  7. Distribute the Homework page. Have students share their pictures at the beginning of the next class.
  8. In closing, ask students to repeat the four quadrants and their signs.
  9. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.6.G.A.3

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class

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Additional information

Grade Level

6th Grade

Subject

Math