http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug/bugcoord.html (Copyrighted by Mark Cogan)
http://resources.oswego.org/games/BillyBug2/bug2.html (Copyrighted by Mark Cogan)
1) Whole Class Practice: Choose the Billy Bug website appropriate for your group of students—first quadrant or all four quadrants. Use the website as a whole class practice activity after introducing the concept of locating points in the coordinate plane.
2) Individual Learning Assignment: Extend the learning with an individual activity. Have each student create their own “Billy Bug” character and write a short story about this character’s quest for an item or several items. In the story, have the students include locations (ordered pairs) on the coordinate plane where their character can find what they are searching for. Finally, have the students create an answer key for their quest.
*Note: Since students will be using their stories for a partner activity, give the students a parameter for how many ordered pairs they must include in their stories.
3) Partner Activity: Give each student a blank coordinate plane and have them share their story with a partner. While the story is being read, each partner will find the location of the points from the reader’s story on the coordinate plane. Partners then check each other’s work using their answer keys.
*Note: This activity runs smoothly if the answer keys have previously been checked by the teacher.