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Instructor Overview

Students play a game in which they try to find dinosaur bones in an archaeological dig simulator. The players guess where the bones are on the coordinate plane using hints and reasoning.

Key Concepts

  • The coordinate plane consists of a horizontal number line and a vertical number line that intersect at right angles. The point of intersection is the origin, or (0,0). The horizontal number line is often called the x-axis. The vertical number line is often called the y-axis.
  • A point’s location on the coordinate plane can be described using words or numbers. Ordered pairs name locations on the coordinate plane. To find the location of the ordered pair (m,n), first locate m on the x-axis and draw a vertical line through this point. Then locate n on the y-axis and draw a horizontal line through this point. The intersection of these lines is the location of (m,n).
  • The coordinate plane is divided into four quadrants:
    • Quadrant I: (+,+)
    • Quadrant II: (−,+)
    • Quadrant III: (−,−)
    • Quadrant IV: (+,−)

Goals and Learning Objectives

  • Name locations on the coordinate plane.