Clarifications
Examples of Opportunities for InDepth FocusWhen students work with rational numbers in the coordinate plane to solve problems, they combine and consolidate elements from the other standards in this cluster.
Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Assessed with: MAFS.6.NS.3.6
 Test Item #: Sample Item 1
 Question: The points (4, –6) and (9, –6) represent the location of two towns on a
coordinate grid, where one unit is equal to one mile.
What is the distance, in miles, between the two towns?
 Difficulty: N/A
 Type: EE: Equation Editor
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STEM Lessons  Model Eliciting Activity
Let's Ride! is a modeleliciting activity that asks students to use pluses and minuses to indicate if eight models of 4door sedans meet specific standards based on gas mileage, seating capacity, warranty, and type of engine. The students then have to rank the cars and indicate their top four choices.
Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are openended, interdisciplinary problemsolving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.
This lesson requires students to use mathematical data and logic/reasoning to place vendors into retail spaces in a shopping plaza. Students will first rank five vendor types on their profitability (based on average sales and average overhead/upkeep costs), then place the vendor types into the 1113 retail spaces. They are also required to find the area of each space and calculate the total leasing charges. The plans for the plaza are given on a coordinate plane, so students will need to find the lengths of horizontal and vertical line segments (using the coordinates of the endpoints) to calculate the areas of the rectangular and composite spaces.
Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are openended, interdisciplinary problemsolving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.
Rangoli is a traditional Indian art that is used in decorating the entrance of the house to welcome guests. In this activity students will explore and practice the concepts of positive numbers, negative numbers, absolute value, origin, coordinates etc. and will create their own Rangoli design at the end.
Model Eliciting Activities, MEAs, are openended, interdisciplinary problemsolving activities that are meant to reveal students’ thinking about the concepts embedded in realistic situations. Click here to learn more about MEAs and how they can transform your classroom.
MFAS Formative Assessments
Students are asked to graph two points given their coordinates and to find the coordinates of two other points so that the four points represent the vertices of a square.
Students are given the coordinates of three points (with the same x or ycoordinate) and asked to determine the distance between pairs of points without graphing.
Students are given coordinates of three vertices of a rectangle and asked to determine the fourth vertex and the area of the rectangle.
Students are given the coordinates of the vertices of a rectangle and are asked to graph the rectangle and find its perimeter.
Student Resources
Educational Game
In this activity, students enter coordinates to make a path to get to a target destination while avoiding mines. This activity allows students to explore Cartesian coordinates and the Cartesian coordinate plane. This activity includes supplemental materials, including background information about the topics covered, a description of how to use the application, and exploration questions for use with the java applet.
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Student Center Activity
Students can practice answering mathematics questions on a variety of topics. With an account, students can save their work and send it to their teacher when complete.
Type: Student Center Activity
Tutorial
This video demonstrates solving word problems involving the coordinate plane.
Type: Tutorial