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SURVIVOR MATH (This is an excerpt from 6th grade Math It also assumes that you have access to internet and subscriptions to www.discoveryeducation.com and/or www.brainpop.com)
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DAY 11: COORDINATE GEOMETRY 6th Grade
RETEACH GOAL 3:01 & 3:04
3.01 Identify and describe the intersection of figures in a plane. 

3.04 Solve problems involving geometric figures in the coordinate plane. 
Coordinate Geometry
The coordinate planeis made up of a horizontal number line, the xaxis, and a vertical number line, yaxis. The xaxis and yaxis intersect at the origin, or point (0,0). Points in the coordinate plane are identified by combining the x coordinate of the point and the y coordinate of the point, (x,y). This is called an ordered pair and it is important to note that the xcoordinate always comes before the ycoordinate when writing a point as an ordered pair.When solving geometry problems on a coordinate plane, remember that the gridlines and intervals of the coordinate plane will provide the information needed to solve the problem. 
Example:
What is the perimeter of the object on the coordinate plane above?
Solution: 20 units
Explanation:
The perimeter is the distance around an object. Use the grid to measure the length of each side of the figure.
The object has six sides, with lengths of 6, 4, 3, 3, 3, and 1.
Add up the lengths of each side to find the perimeter:
6 + 4 + 3 + 3 + 3 + 1 = 20 units.
Coordinate Geometry
When two figures intersect, we can often use the properties of one figure to determine the properties of the other figure. 
Example:
Study the coordinate plane above. If a circle were drawn in such a way that it intersected the red square at points (4,5), (6,3), (6,7), and (8,5), then what would be the length of the diameter of the circle?
The diameter of a circle is the line segment that joins two points on the circumference of circle and passes through the center of the circle.
In this case, the circle to be drawn shares exactly one point with each side of the red square. So the distance across the circle, or diameter, will have the same length as any side of the square.
Using the coordinate plane, you can see that a side of the square is 4 units long.
Therefore, the length of the diameter of the circle is 4.
GAME: Coordinate Plane Game
PRACTICE: Ordered Pairs
Tell what point is located at each ordered pair.
1. (3,2) ______ 2. (2,3) ______ 3. (5,5) ______
4. (7,8) ______ 5. (4,4) ______ 6. (5,0) ______
Write the ordered pair for each given point.
7. E ____________ 8. M ____________ 9. P ____________
10. G ____________ 11. Q ____________ 12. N ____________
Plot the following points on the coordinate grid.
13. S (6,3) 14. T (2,4) 15. U (5,8)
VIDEO: Coordinate Grid
CHALLENGE:
Coordinate Geometry 


A. 
(7,6)  
B. 
(4,3)  
C. 
(7,5)  
D. 
(3,4) 

A. 
8  
B. 
9  
C. 
12  
D. 
10 

A. 
26 square units  
B. 
21 square units  
C. 
30 square units  
D. 
23 square units 

A. 
17 square units  
B. 
18 square units  
C. 
23 square units  
D. 
15 square units 

A. 
35  
B. 
28  
C. 
31  
D. 
27 

A. 
6  
B. 
4  
C. 
3  
D. 
12 

A. 
5  
B. 
1  
C. 
4  
D. 
8 

A. 
16  
B. 
12  
C. 
8  
D. 
15 

A. 
15 square units  
B. 
13 square units  
C. 
14 square units  
D. 
24 square units 

A. 
5  
B. 
12  
C. 
10  
D. 
8 