Coordinate Plane Grid Printable Coordinate Templates

Welcome to the Math Salamanders Coordinate Plane Grid collection.

Here you will find a range of free printable coordinate charts, which will help your child learn to use and plot coordinates.

Coordinate Plane Grid

How Coordinates Work

When dealing with coordinates the most important fact to remember is that
the x coordinate (the horizontal coordinate) always comes first
and the y coordinate (the vertical coordinate) always comes second.

This can be remembered with the saying 'Along the corridor and then up (or down) the stairs.

So the coordinate (4,7) means 4 squares along (to the right) and 7 squares up.

The coordinate (-2,-4) means 2 square along (to the left) and 4 squares down.

Coordinates Ideas

Idea #1 - Make a pattern

Make a simple pattern using the coordinate grids and then write down the coordinates of your pattern.
You could swap patterns with a partner, and test each other's patterns.

Idea #2 - Make a code

Write the letters of the alphabet on the coordinate grid, with each letter having a different coordinate.

You can then write a message to a friend using coordinates.

Idea #3 - Reflect It

This activity will only work when dealing with 2 or 4 quadrants.

Make a simple pattern in one of the quadrants and write down the coordinates.

Reflect the pattern in the x or y axis and write down the new coordinates.

Idea #4 - Coordinate Battleships

A fun and exciting coordinate game that kids love to play.

Not only does it help children to learn about coordinates, but there is also a lot of strategy involved too.

Idea #5 - Find the Treasure

For this game you need 2 players, 2 separate coordinate grids, and a ruler.

Player 1 puts an x on their coordinate grid and writes down the coordinates of the treasure.

Player 2 suggests a coordinate and Player 1 measures the distance from Player 2's coordinate to the treasure.

Player 1 tells Player 2 how far away from the treasure they are.

Player 2 then suggests a new coordinate and Player 1 measures and this repeats until Player 2 has found the treasure.

The challenge is who can find the treasure in the fewest goes!

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