Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate.

Subject Area: Mathematics
Grade: 6
Domain-Subdomain: The Number System
Cluster: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Cluster: Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers. (Major 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.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/14
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes


Examples of Opportunities for In-Depth Focus

When students work with rational numbers in the coordinate plane to solve problems, they combine and consolidate elements from the other standards in this cluster.


  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: EE item(s)
  • 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