The best way to teach coordinates…BATTLESHIP!
My kids are absolutely obsessed with this game now and are freely using coordinates in their free-time! It was easy to teach and required the kids to constantly use the language of coordinates to play.
Setting up the board was easy and can be made with everyday materials in the classrooms. I used about 20 long pieces of string and pieces of coloured paper for the coordinates and hit/miss cards.
It was interesting to watch students using logic about where the boats could be, and revealed the students that don’t have effective critical thinking skills. Watching them play showed a lot about what they are capable of when problem solving.
By the end of the lesson, the students were playing independently and the only instruction that was needed to support the students was to remind them to say the letter name first, when using coordinates. Suits grades 1 to 6!