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Coordinates

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Coordinates. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Coordinates Starters:

Graph Picture: Plot the given coordinates then join them up to form a picture.

Middle of Centres: Find the midpoint of the line joining the centres of enlargement.

Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.

Two Twins and Tim: A tricky problem set on a coordinate grid.

Advanced Coordinates Starters

 

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An opportunity for students to write a computer program. There is nothing to download, all of the interaction takes place in the browser. Great for understanding angles and the properties of shapes.

 

Curriculum for Coordinates:

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants) more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to work with coordinates in all four quadrants more...

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Notes:

It is important that pupils become proficient at understanding coordinates at a basic level before using them in their study of graphs. Plotting points and finding the coordinates of points are the pre-requisite skills for studying a number of branches of mathematics.

Pupils should learn the conventions starting with knowing that the horizontal axis is the x-axis and the vertical axis is the y-axis (remember x is a cross so the x axis is across!). The axes meet at the origin which has coordinates (0,0).

Coordinates are written as two numbers separated by a comma and contained inside brackets. For example (3,9) means the point is above 3 on the x-axis and level with 9 on the y-axis. To get to this point from origin you go along 3 and up 9 (remember to go along the hall before going up the stairs or that pole vaulter has to run along before leaping up into the air!).

Coordinates can be positive or negative (remember points to the right of the origin have a positive x-coordinate – being positive is right!).

The abscissa often refers to the horizontal coordinate of a point and the ordinate refers to the vertical coordinate.

In three dimensions, three perpendicular lines are defined as the axes and the coordinates of each point is defined with three numbers.

Coordinates Teacher Resources:

Graph Paper: Flexible graph paper which can be printed or projected onto a white board as an effective visual aid.

Coordinates Activities:

Coordinates: A self marking exercise on identifying coordinates culminating in finding the mid point of two given points.

Plotting Graphs: Complete a table of values then plot the corresponding points to create a graph.

Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.

Where's Wallaby?: Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.

Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Coordinate Geometry.

Coordinates Videos:

Coordinate Plane and Plotting Points: A video explaining the vocabulary and showing how to plot points in all four quadrants.

Opposites: About the Japanese street grid system and other opposites.

Coordinates Worksheets/Printables:

Graph Picture Axes: Four sets of axes and coordinates from which reflecting pictures can be drawn.

Coordinates External Links:

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