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Coordinate Plane Song | 1st Quadrant

Come on a treasure hunt with the NUMBEROCK crew as we explore a deserted island and follow the coordinates on an ancient treasure map in this fun coordinate plane song that covers the 1st Quadrant only.

The ordered pairs are followed into a cave where the words x-axis, y-axis, and origin are explored by torch light. Join us on this exciting adventure and you'll never forget how to plot ordered pairs on a coordinate plane.

Coordinate Plane Lyrics:

To plot the ordered pair two one:
go right two, jump up one, and it’s done.
To plot the coordinates seven ten:
go right seven, up ten, mark it with your pen.

On the x-axis [count to the right]
On the y-axis [count from the ground]
That’s how a coordinate’s point it found.

To plot the ordered pair three five:
go right three, up five, to where you arrive.
To plot the coordinates ten seven:
go right ten up seven, we did it again.

To plot the coordinates nine four:
hop right nine, up four, now one more;
With the ordered pair, zero four:
remain at the origin, count four from the floor.

The coordinates are kind of like clues
telling you where to plot the x and y values,
and when you see them on a questionnaire
they can be called coordinates or an ordered pair.
We plot x first, then y, that’s the order;
always starting from the bottom left hand corner -
that’s the place that we begin,
at zero zero called the origin.

Learn More

This song targets TEKS and Common Core learning standards from 3rd Grade to 5th Grade. Look into the relevant standards here, or dig deeper into Coordinate sytems here.

If you are interested in getting ideas on how to plan a robust standards-aligned telling time lesson, we recommend checking out Instructure's recommendations for common core standards 5.G.1. These pages help break down standard language, lay out the grade-appropriate level of rigor for each concept, and offer a variety of suggestions for activities (lesson seeds) that help students achieve their learning targets.

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