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Welcome to my math blog! The purpose of this blog is to help you stay informed about our learning and experiences that have taken place during our math class. I have also included links your child (and you) may want to use in order to supplement math learning in 5th grade.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Coordinate Graphing: Design Your Own Town

I am always looking for a high-interest way to have my students work with coordinate graphing.  My students always love the pictures they can make using ordered pairs, which we did, but I wanted something with higher level thinking and application.  I found such an activity on teacherspayteachers.com, called Design Your Town.

Today, our focus was just on creating the map using grid paper.  The students:
  • Labeled and numbered their x and y-axis.
  • Drew and labeled 7 buildings.
  • Plotted and labeled 4 points of interest.
  • Included a compass rose.
  • Creatively named the town.
  • Included streets between the buildings.
  • Added color.
I am going to tweak the activity a little tomorrow and throw in some technology.... you'll have to check back!

We finished off our math class by completing a Countdown to STAAR.  Out test in on April 20 (12 school days).

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