How to Graph Pictures Using Coordinates

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How to Graph Pictures Using Coordinates
Teaching students how to graph using coordinates to draw pictures can be both fun and eduational. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

When teaching students how to use a graph, it is difficult just showing them how to find coordinates and plot them on the X and Y axis. Instead, give them a specific task to do and make it fun for them. Have them draw a picture using coordinates. This will prove to be enjoyable for many of them and they will be learning the way coordinates on a graph work.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Transparent graph paper
  • Picture
  • Graph paper
  • Marker
  • Pencil

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  1. 1

    Find a picture online of something simple that your students will be able to make with a series of dots; an animal is usually a good choice to start with. Print the picture out and place it underneath a transparent piece of graph paper.

  2. 2

    Create a scale on the graph paper using an X axis and a Y axis. Place dots on the graph paper on the outline of the picture at no less than 20 points on the image. The points you choose will need to be a points along the picture that your students will easily be able to create a picture, after plotting all the coordinates.

  3. 3

    Find the coordinates of the each of the dots you marked on the graph and write them down using simple X,Y coordinates. Write these sets of coordinates out of order so students have to plot all the coordinates will have to be plotted before the picture can be identified.

  4. 4

    On a piece of graph paper, write out the scale you used to create the drawing. Make copies for each of your students. Also make a copy of the sheet you wrote down your plotted X, Y points on. Give the students the paper and let them try and solve the puzzle.

Tips and warnings

  • After you do a simple drawing, repeat the same process for a more complicated one.

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