# Draw polygons specified by coordinates in the first quadrant

I can draw polygons specified by coordinates in the first quadrant.

# Draw polygons specified by coordinates in the first quadrant

I can draw polygons specified by coordinates in the first quadrant.

## Lesson details

### Key learning points

- The first digit in the coordinate gives the horizontal distance from the origin along the x-axis.
- The second digit in the coordinate gives the vertical distance from the origin along the y-axis.
- Use a ruler to join the points you have plotted to form a polygon.

### Common misconception

Pupils may mistakenly plot the y-coordinate (vertical distance) first, then the x-coordinate (horizontal distance), leading to incorrect point placement.

Reinforce that the x-coordinate comes first by using mnemonics such as "X before Y, along the ground before you fly." Practice plotting a few points together as a class to build this habit.

### Keywords

Polygon - A polygon is a 2D shape made up of three or more straight lines.

Vertex / vertices - A vertex is the point where two lines meet. The plural is vertices.

Coordinate - Coordinates are a set of values that show an exact position.

### Licence

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## Starter quiz

### 6 Questions

A 2D shape made up of three or more straight lines.

The point where two lines meet.

A set of values that show an exact position.