. Grade 4, Illustrative icon
Task

What's the Point?

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is to use what students intuitively understand about connecting points or 'dots' with lines to generate a discussion about what points are and how they should be represented. It is important to note that there is a sense in which Tony is correct: there is more than one line segment joining points in the circles that represent the points he drew. The idea of a point is that it has a location but no length or width. Of course, we can't literally draw an object with no length or width, so any representation of a point must 'take up space.'

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