Aims and objectives
The activity aims to support student knowledge and understanding
in the use of co-ordinates to describe position using both 2D and
To immediately interact with the resource students will need to
have an understanding of how co-ordinates are described and interpreted
in terms of the ‘x’ and ‘y’ axes. For students
without this prior knowledge, the ‘Help’ page will need
to be accessed first which will explain, in very straight forward
and accessible terms, the basic principles of co-ordinates.
In the classroom
This activity is a highly interactive and engaging environment where
pupils can develop their understanding of co-ordinates through the
creation of 2D and 3D shapes.
The 'free' environment allows pupils to experiment with co-ordinates
by making and/or combining their own co-ordinates to generate shapes.
The plotted co-ordinates can be joined together with a drawing tool
to create shapes or objects. A print button allows pupils to make
hard copies of their work for assessment purposes.
The 'computer generated questions' area consists of 20 questions
which prompt students to plot the co-ordinates for a number of 2D
shapes, progressing through problem solving activities ending with
some very complex 3D tasks. As with the 'free' area, results can
be printed for assessment, recording or display purposes.
As a teacher resource, the ‘free’ area can be used
to set problem solving tasks, for example, asking the students to
create an isosceles triangle with a base of 4 units and the apex
at co-ordinate (2,4). Used in conjunction with an interactive whiteboard
or in a computer suite this resource can prove to be an invaluable
tool in teaching the principals of co-ordinates.
|Support materials description:
|As an extension to this activity, an accompanying activity
called ‘Co-ordinate Game’ is also available.
The first 5x5_grid.pdf contains a large numbered 5 x 5 grid
which can be copied onto a transparency for use with an OHP
or printed and laminated to create wipe-clean reusable resource.
The second 5x5_blank_grid.pdf contains a blank grid for use
as above and the third blank_grids.pdf contains a set of smaller
grids which can be used as handouts.
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