Interactive Notebooks: Integers and Coordinate Grid

My smarties have been plowing through a short unit on Integers and the Coordinate Grid.  I have approached this unit as a little review because they have already been introduced to Integers, Ordered Pairs and the Coordinate Grid in 5th grade with the overlap/transition of the Common Core.
I made a few foldables to help them out with vocabulary because I am really trying to stress using "Math Speak" in math class.
I wanted them to concentrate on using the vocabulary in discussion in class, and have something to take with them to WRITE about.  My homework has been a little different because I am asking them to write more using a focus question.

For example, while teaching the lesson on the coordinate grid, we created a foldable that looked like this:

I tried to teach a little memory strategy with this as well for my visual learners.  Notice I had them color the x- axis box red, and the y - axis box yellow.  I then had them color the ordered pair ORANGE to associate that the x and y axis are used to create the ordered pair.
I also gave them a foldable that looks like the one below where we practiced plotting points and naming quadrants.

When we got to homework practice, I did the usual, plotting and recognizing points, but I also asked them to write about this:
How is number line related to a coordinate grid?  How are integers used within the coordinate plane?
I think it is really vital that my kids get that "Math Speak" down.

How do you help your students learn and use the vocabulary?

If you want to make your life a little easier when it comes to teaching the vocabulary for integers and the coordinate grid, you can go {HERE} and pick up my 3 foldies!
Enjoy your week!


  1. Your foldables are great! Thank you for sharing!
    Math Central

  2. I'm glad I could help Christine. By far one of the best things I did this year was to start using my Interactive Math Notebook!

  3. I am going to do this with my 6th graders! Thanks for the idea!

  4. I am about to print these foldables off NOW! Thanks so much.

    Are integers (positive/negative) in the 5th grade common core standards? I looked for them and couldn't find them, but probably just overlooked them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I'm so overwhelmed!!!!!!!!!!!! :)



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