Instructional Activity# Finding Distances on a Coordinate Plane

Lesson 14. Unit 7. Grade 6 Open Up Resources

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This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 14, Unit 7, Grade 6. The purpose of this activity is for students to develop strategies for finding the distance between two points in the coordinate plane when the coordinates might not be integers. These distances are restricted to horizontal and vertical distances; use of the general two-dimensional distance formula is not expected, nor are students expected to add or subtract negative numbers fluently. More general strategies for finding distance in the coordinate plane are developed in grade 8, and rational number arithmetic is developed more completely in grade 7.