If students follow "directions," they'll have a picture of George Washington.
grid, geography, directions, cardinal directions, compass, map, ordinal directions, intercardinal directions, intermediate directions
In this lesson, students will follow the teacher's oral or written instructions. They will plot points on a sheet of grid paper. When they connect the points, they will have the outline of a profile of George Washington similar to this one.
Here are the instructions to give to students to end up with an outline of George Washington.
Before the Lesson
If students need to be taught, or need to review, the cardinal direction points (north, east, south, west) and ordinal direction points (northeast, southeast, southwest, northwest), you will want to review those skills before proceeding to the lesson.
Alternate idea: Instead of providing instructions orally, you might give students the printed instructions that appear in the sidebar to the right. (You can do that by copying the instructions onto a board or a sheet of chart paper; or you can "copy and paste" the instructions into a word-processing document that can be distributed to students.)
As you give each instruction, students should find on the sheet of grid paper the point given, then draw a line to connect that point to the previous one.
How did students do? Did they follow instructions? Did they end up with an outline that resembles the profile of George Washington? Students' drawings should look something like a squared off outline of this profile of George Washington. Students might cut out their profiles and mount them to sheets of black paper.
Lesson Plan Source
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NM-ALG.6-8.3 Use Mathematical Models to Represent and Understand Quantitative Relationships
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Originally published 02/13/2006
Last updated 01/19/2015