When I started teaching, reproducible coordinate planes were like gold. If a colleague had a unique page, I was all over it! I especially loved pages with bigger graphs (more spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis). I had some coordinate planes that looked like a complete mess, but I loved them anyways. Who wants to make students draw coordinate planes repeatedly? Not me! I will dig around and see if I can find a sample of this wonderfully awful graph paper to post.
When I tried to print coordinate planes that I found online, they were often too light to copy. They printed beautifully and I thought all was good… then they betrayed me. As soon as I tried to copy the coordinate planes, I was frantically pushing STOP on the copy machine because they weren’t coming out AT ALL. Some of the lines were showing… some weren’t… it was a mess! If you are a math teacher, I’m sure you have been there.
After a while, I found my favorite sheets of reproducible coordinate planes to keep tucked away in my file cabinet for safe keeping. I NEEDED them, and couldn’t risk loosing them.
Then, one day a colleague shared a file with me that had the most beautiful little coordinate plane I had ever seen. It was SO DARK! Without even trying to copy it, I knew it would be flawless! The best part was that it was on the computer! I saved it as an image and used it for every coordinate plane related worksheet I made for the next few years. Later, I decided to make my own coordinate planes, and have developed a collection!
About my free coordinate planes: Maybe I got a little carried away with the darkness of some of the graphs, but I thought it was necessary due to my past coordinate plane reproducing nightmares. When I update this file again, I will probably include even more darkness options. Who knows, maybe I will get crazy and put numbers on the x-axis and y-axis. I have never been a fan of that though… I think the numbers just get in the way.
So, Do You NEED Some FREE Printable Coordinate Planes? Of course you do! Here are a few options:
I updated my blank coordinate plane resource. It has grids with 5 or 7 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis. There are a variety of displays: 1, 2, 6, or 12 to a page. Some of the pages have circles for question numbers. This setup is perfect for math homework, especially if problems are assigned out of the book.
I do have some other coordinate planes that are not posted online. I will consider getting those added sometime soon. Some of them are bigger. For example: 10 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis, full-page, 1 quadrant (for distance/time), etc.
My original intention was to put all the coordinate planes that I have together in one document. However, I quickly realized that the document was over the 10 page suggestion for free products, so I made myself stop. Sometimes when I am making products, it seems like the pages multiply before my eyes before I know what happened.
Does this post sound familiar? I originally blogged about free coordinate planes here. Click to find pictures of some of the coordinate planes.