Lesson 1
Explore the Coordinate Grid
Lesson Purpose
Lesson Narrative
In this lesson students use the coordinates on a coordinate grid to describe the location of rectangles. Students have used the grid, without coordinates, in other courses where they drew shapes and described their properties. In this lesson, students discover the usefulness of the numbers on a coordinate grid by trying to communicate to their partner the size and location of a rectangle. It gives students a reason to attend to the features of the grid and to use language precisely (MP6). Then they further exploit the coordinates using them to pick one rectangle out of a set of closely related rectangles all lying in different locations on the coordinate grid. Students are formally introduced to the terms coordinate grid, axes, horizontal axis, and vertical axis.
 Engagement
Learning Goals
Teacher Facing
 Recognize the structure of a coordinate grid and use it to describe the location of twodimensional shapes.
Student Facing
 Let’s explore the coordinate grid.
Required Materials
Materials to Copy
 Can You Draw It Stage 6 Recording Sheet
 Explore the Coordinate Grid Cards
Required Preparation
Activity 1:
 Create a set of cards from the blackline master for each group of 2.
Lesson Timeline
Warmup  10 min 
Activity 1  25 min 
Activity 2  10 min 
Lesson Synthesis  10 min 
Cooldown  5 min 
Teacher Reflection Questions
Suggested Centers
 Can You Draw It? (1–5), Stage 5: Grade 4 Shapes (Supporting)
 Which One? (K–5), Stage 5: Grade 4 Shapes (Supporting)
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