students struggle with graphing? Mine sure do! Over the years I have found that
teaching my students to graph ordered pairs on a coordinate plane is more
difficult than one may think. While trying to teach this important skill I have
found that using "boring" worksheets that simply plot ordered pairs
randomly all over a graph is not exactly an exciting method to use when trying
to motivate the kiddos. On the other hand, using "mystery pictures"
seems to hold their attention and sparks their interest because they want to
know what the graph is going to be when they are finished. I have found a great site that is full of FREE (we love free!) coordinate graphing pictures. The
best part is that many of the pictures are holiday themes, which is great for
filler activities and even extra credit. I like to use the finished products as
holiday decorations for my classroom.
Check out Cartesian Cartoons for a variety of
graphing worksheets in PDF format (save 'em!). You will have to use your own
coordinate plane but a quick Google search (i.e. coordinate graph generator, etc.) will point you in the right
direction so you can print graphs for free too!