Do You Need FREE Printable Coordinate Planes?

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Example of blank coordinate plane worksheet. The circles are for problem numbers. Note: 5 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis

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.

Example of blank coordinate plane worksheet. The circles are for problem numbers.  Note:  7 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis

Example of blank coordinate plane worksheet. The circles are for problem numbers. Note: 7 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis

So, Do You NEED Some FREE Printable Coordinate Planes?  Of course you do!  Here are a few options:

Option 1:

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.  printablecoordinateplanespurple1

Option 2:

Here is a -8 by 8 Blank Coordinate Plane that comes 12 to a page or 6 to a page.

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.


Blank Coordinate Planes – Reproducible

 Free Blank Coordinate Planes (Reproducible):  6 to a page  Great for use in the math classroom!

Description:  Blank coordinate planes.  6 to a page.  Each coordinate plane includes -5 to 5 (5 spaces on each side of the x-axis and y-axis).  The graphs are not numbered.  The graph is dark, so it will print and copy nicely.


 Here are what the graphs look like:



If you download the free pdf, you will get the two reproducible pages below:




Free Blank Coordinate Planes (Reproducible):  6 to a page and 12 to a page.  (Each graph goes from -8 to 8)

Description:  Blank graphs to use when graphing coordinates and equations on the coordinate plane.  Each graph goes from -8 to 8 on both the x-axis and y-axis.  There are two options for copying:  12 to a page or 6 to a page.  Reproducing will be a breeze with the dark lines, sure to show up using any copy machine.


Here is the .png image of coordinate plane:


If you download the free pdf, you will get the two reproducible pages below:

Notice:  These pictures are edited slightly.  For example, the copyright at the bottom is much smaller, but the number of graphs on a page remains the same.



How did I create the coordinate planes?  

I made them in MS Word by creating a table.  I added the number of rows and columns I needed, made sure that all of the cells were square, darkened the lines for the x-axis and y-axis, and I was finished!

Note:  I have all of the images grouped with a white background so that they will show up with the dark blog theme.  Lately, I have been making my backgrounds transparent on images because I think it looks nicer.  Thank goodness for the preview button, otherwise a few of the images would have blended right in with the dark background.

How do I use the coordinate planes now?  

I use these coordinate planes (usually just one image at a time, not the full page) in the online classroom while helping students.

In the past, I printed the full page for students to do graphing homework sometimes.  However, almost always, I would take the single .png image and insert it in to a word document that I made.  Here are a few thumbnails of examples:  

preview slope graph 2      the corrdinate plane quiz

This was completely necessary as the clip art in blackboard collaborate has not been working for most of the school year.  It does work now, and has an option for a coordinate plane that can be grouped as the background.  The coordinate plane takes up the whole page, so it isn’t always the best option if you have other things on the page that you need to see.  Here is a thumbnail of the coordinate plane that takes up the whole page:


The blackboard collaborate clip art coordinate plane works very well online, but I would imagine that the light colored lines wouldn’t copy well.  This is the dilemma I was constantly faced with when reproducing coordinate planes in the past.  In fact, it is why I decided to create some dark coordinate planes.

Wow… I still have so much more to say about coordinate planes, but this is all I can handle for now 🙂


Coordinate Plane Foldable

This is an example of a coordinate plane foldable for use in an interactive math notebook.

How can you make it?

First, make sure that you cut your graph paper so it is a perfect square.  Next, fold all four corners to the middle. Write the Quadrant Numbers on the Outside.  Then, draw an x- and y-axis on the inside.  After that, show examples of points in all quadrants and on the x- and y- axis.  Be sure to include the positive and negative directions.

To get the first picture that says, “Coordinate Plane”, fold quadrants I and II down on top of quadrants III and IV. This foldable takes up hardly any space in your interactive math notebook when it is complete.  It is a great resource to refer to all year!

Check out these pictures:


where to glue the foldable into the ISN

where to glue the foldable into the ISN

what the inside of the foldable looks like

what the inside of the foldable looks like

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quadrants of the coordinate plane

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