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Plotting Ordered Pairs 2
Kristy Rousseau Bay District Schools
Description
This is Part 2 of an introductory lesson that exposes students to identifying and plotting positive ordered pairs in a coordinate system. Prerequisite knowledge: origin, x and yaxes, and a basic understanding of how to plot ordered pairs.
Standards
Florida Sunshine State Standards MA.C.3.2.2 The student identifies and plots positive ordered pairs (whole numbers) in a rectangular coordinate system (graph).
Florida Process Standards Effective Communicators 02 Florida students communicate in English and other languages using information, concepts, prose, symbols, reports, audio and video recordings, speeches, graphic displays, and computerbased programs.
Numeric Problem Solvers 03 Florida students use numeric operations and concepts to describe, analyze, communicate, synthesize numeric data, and to identify and solve problems.
Materials
 1/4 in. graph paper (If students have completed the lesson Plotting Ordered Pairs  Part I, they may continue this lesson on the bottom half of their papers.)
 Ruler and/or a straight edge
 Pencils
 Overhead transparency of graph paper
 Overhead projector and marker
Preparations
The teacher needs to:
1. Review students' sentences from the lesson Plotting Ordered Pairs  Part I and look for common misunderstandings and/or patterns that need to be further addressed in this lesson.
2. Gather rulers and/or straight edges.
3. Prepare overhead transparency for modeling purposes.
4. Have additional graph paper on hand for "mistake" that may occur during the design process.
Procedures
1. Pass back the students' work from the lesson Plotting Ordered Pairs  Part I.
2. Review how to plot positive ordered pairs by addressing common misunderstandings that appeared when students explained in the first lesson how to plot (2,8).
3. Have the students draw and label a horizontal line for the xaxis about three blocks up from the bottom of the page. (Model as necessary using the overhead graph.)
4. Have the students draw and label a vertical line for the yaxis about three blocks from the left margin.
5. Students should then label the origin (0,0) and number the x and yaxes to about "20."
In this lesson, students will draw a simple shape on their coordinate system and identify the ordered pairs (points) that must be connected to complete the shape.
6. Have the students LIGHTLY draw a simple shape in their coordinate system. The shape must be constructed of points that can be connected with straight lines (basic geometric shapes and designs formed from these shapes are applicable).
7. Students should then list the ordered pairs of their points in a Tchart on the back side of their paper with the x and y points labeled accordingly. Once all of the points are listed, have the students erase their designs.
8. When the students are finished, they should "swap" papers with a partner.
9. Using the ordered pairs listed in the Tchart, the partner should plot the points on the graph, connecting them to complete the design. When the design is finished, the partner should sign his or her name on the paper and ask the "designer" if his or her work is correct. Any discrepancies should be discussed in order to figure out where an error was made.
10. During steps #6  9, the teacher should be monitoring the students' work and assisting where needed.
11. After the majority of students have completed their partners' designs, the teacher should conduct a final review of the lesson. Common errors that were observed during the monitoring stage should be addressed with additional examples and information.
12. On the backside, bottom half of the paper the students should explain in two or three sentences how they can use the x and yaxes to graph ordered pairs.
Assessments
1) Check students' Tcharts of ordered pairs to see if they correctly IDENTIFIED the ordered pairs that were needed to create the points of their designs.
2) Check their partner's paper to see if they were able to PLOT the ordered pairs given in their partner's Tchart.
3) Listen as students discuss discrepancies in their design plans and the actual results of their plottings. Use this information to help assess how students are identifying and plotting ordered pairs.
4) Read the students' sentences to gather information on their ability to use the x and yaxes to identify and plot ordered pairs in the coordinate system.
If there is not sufficient evidence that students have mastered identification and plotting of ordered pairs, then additional activities need to be planned for further instruction (see Extensions).
Extensions
Depending on a student's ability to identify and plot ordered pairs, additional lessons may be needed to help clarify "trouble" areas such as confusing the x and yaxes when plotting ordered pairs.
Students who have a strong grasp on this concept may begin asking questions about the "bottom" and "lefthand side" of the graph. It may be appropriate to lead these students through a discovery lesson exploring the other three quadrants of the graph and the negative numbers that exist beyond "0" on the x and yaxes.
There are a variety of graphing activities available on the market to strengthen students' graphing skills. Many of them create pictures when ordered pairs have been plotted correctly.
This is the second lesson in a two part series. For the first lesson, see Plotting Ordered Pairs  Part 1
