Graphing Points on a Coordinate Plane

Directions: Make four points using the integers -4 to 4 at most one time each so that each point is in a different quadrant.


What happens if 0 is one of the coordinates?


Here is one potential answer: {(1, 2), (-1, 3), (-2, -3), (4,-4)}

Source: Robert Kaplinsky

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  1. Create the following Desmos activity to go along with this prompt.

  2. This problem is great for an enrichment activity in 5th grade, but for those that are struggling with the concept of plotting points in Quadrant I (which is the 5th grade standard and focus) this will be very challenging.

  3. This is great for 5th grade enrichment but this is not in the 5th grade curriculum. Integers (positive and negative numbers) are a 6th grade skill.

  4. I’m a 5th-grade teacher and the standard is only for quadrant 1. However, I teach the lessons using all 4 quadrants. No offense, but if they can learn how to do quadrant 1, you might as well teach the other 4 in the same process. If they can do all four, they can do one. Don’t hesitate to raise the bar!

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