. Grade 6, Illustrative icon

Locations in the Coordinate Plane

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The goal of this task is to introduce students to the relationships between the locations and coordinates of points graphed in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. When describing the things they notice about the point locations and coordinates, the teacher should encourage students to use terms such as quadrant, distance, origin, sign, axis, and coordinate. This precision in language will be helpful to students when they later discuss opposites and reflections as described in the content standards, and attending to language is a good example of students engaging in MP6. The solution names the quadrants I, II, III, and IV, which is a convention.

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