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Coordinate planes? Four quadrants? Ordered pairs? These are terms that make students in the middle grades uneasy. However, with practice, graphing on the coordinate plane can be an enjoyable activity. By fifth grade, students understand positive and negative numbers so graphing on the four quadrants is a way to apply this knowledge to solve a problem. Using ordered pairs to create geometric figures is like solving a puzzle!
By practicing graphing skills, students are increasing their visual thinking and problem solving skills. Here's a fun, geometric puzzle activity that will capture your child's interest and strengthen his number awareness.