Saturday, February 21, 2015

Coordinate Cities


We have been working hard in 6th grade recently, having just finished up our three units that focus on algebra. It has been great to see the transformation of the sixth graders! Most come in to these units barely having an idea of what algebra is and they come out writing and solving two step equations and inequalities! The last couple of years I have introduced a Coordinate City Project at the end of these units. Since the last couple of lessons focus on graphing, this one is a nice review of ordered pairs and the coordinate plane! In the project, students get to design a themed city on the coordinate plane. Once their city is complete, they must ask at least three questions that require ordered pairs to answer. The picture here is my example that I use to show the class!

The students always really get into this one! I think it is a combination of being able to pick a fun theme along with the open ended idea of being able to design a city! It is always fun to see some of the the funny and creative themes that they choose. I think the one that made me laugh the most this year was this Miley Cyrus themed city - including the Mall of Miley, Wrecking Ball Ave, and Sticking Tongue Out Street!


One part of the Coordinate Cities that I really enjoy is the creativity it allows for students. After all of the hard work and practice that we do during our algebra units, this project is a nice change of pace for the 6th graders. For my students who finish early, I give them the option of creating a business card to go along with their cities. As you can see, some of the business cards get pretty creative and funny! I couldn't help but laugh at this 6th graders sense of humor!


Can't believe the year is flying by so fast, but we are already set to get going with geometry! More geometry related posts to come soon!

21 comments :

  1. What are your instructions to the students?

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  2. Do you by any chance have the templates for this project? Worksheets/guidelines/etc? I'd love to use this in my 6th grade classroom!

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  3. Do you by any chance have the templates for this project? Worksheets/guidelines/etc? I'd love to use this in my 6th grade classroom!

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    1. This one is not, but if you want to email me at middleschoolmathman@gmail.com I'd be happy to share the templates!

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    2. Hello, would love to have these templates for our 6th grade team. My email is ahollister@philasd.org. Thank you.

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  5. This looks like a great assignment. If you're willing to share, my email is rosatik@stratfordk12.org.
    Thanks in advance!

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  6. My email is sthiele@fms.k12.nm.us I would love to have this project for my sixth graders if you would be willing to share it.

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  7. This looks a fantastic assignment my students would love. Could I please get your plans? My email is brindle@ugcloud.ca.
    Thanks.

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  8. I would love to have this for my 6th graders if you don't mind sharing. My email is cledkins@monroe.k12.al.us

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  9. I would love a copy of the file, if you don't mind sharing. My 6th graders would definitely love this activity. Thank you in advance.
    Have a great weekend.
    adeleon@cusd.claremont.edu

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  10. I would also love to have a copy. Very creative. karinbritz34@gmail.com

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  11. I would love to try this with my students. My email is rethinkcrafts@gmail.com. Thanks!

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  12. I would love to try this too! My email is jamieq@zmsch.k12.mn.us
    Thank you!

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  13. Would love the template as well
    griesen@uaschools.org

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  14. I would love to try this with my grade 6s if you are willing to share the template. My e-mail is jacquelynne.milosek@ocsb.ca THANK YOU.

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  15. could you email me the guidelines?
    Looks like a great project
    emilybizzell@gmail.com
    thank you

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  16. I would love to use this project with some of my students. Would you be willing to email me the template? Thank you!

    SydneyRWorkman@gmail.com

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  17. This looks awesome! Would you mind sharing the template and worksheets with me as well?!
    Aliciamarie324@gmail.com

    Such an awesome, creative idea for the kids to express art and math on their own!

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  18. I would love to use this with my students! Could you share the template with me?
    mlasinski@somerset.k12.md.us

    Thank you!

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