NEON Coordinate Plane Practice!
SAMR level: Augmentation/Modification
Grade level: 5th and beyond!
Subject areas: Math
Coordinate Planes are usually really fun for kids, and they enjoy creating their own coordinates on the X-axis and Y-axis. They come up with cool pictures, and exchange with a partner in hopes to create the correct picture! This year I wanted to try to find something a bit different. I was in luck! I discovered a new application for FREE to have the students practice with! It is called “Coordinate Plane.” When students first download this app, they have the option of decided how many ordered pairs they would like to create a shape. They can pick 1-25. The best part about this is that it will not let the students complete their shape if they hit a wrong coordinate. For example, many students tend to switch the order when trying to plot their point. It highlights the dot RED and keeps track of how many times they “miss.” It is an easy fix, usually, and they can keep going to complete the shape.
When using paper, this often becomes frustrating and messy. Students have felt discouraged and that they don’t want to continue making a complex picture when they make a mistake. In this case, they can easily correct it, and continue moving through the levels.
This reaches all types of learners. Some buzz words and phrases I heard when I first let the students play on this app was “I want to replace my video game time with this…this is really fun.” or “I couldn’t figure it out at first, but I asked my friend, and he helped me.” I encourage you Math teachers (Elementary and beyond) to try it! They enjoy it, and it’s free! 🙂
This picture shoes that this student completed the shape, however, had 7 misses. I sat with this student and had her complete the shape again, having her explain why she was plotting her ordered pairs.
This is what it looks like from the start! All the ordered pairs are on the right hand side. The arrow at the left is what you can click on to change the shape and amount of ordered paris!