Grade 6 Mathematics Module 3, Topic C, Overview

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In Topic C, students extend their understanding of the ordering of rational numbers in one dimension (on a number line) to the two-dimensional space of the coordinate plane.  They construct the plane’s vertical and horizontal axes, discovering the relationship between the four quadrants and the signs of the coordinates of points that lie in each quadrant (6.NS.C.6b, 6.NS.C.6c).  Students build upon their foundational understanding from 5th Grade (5.G.1, 5.G.2) of plotting points in the first quadrant and transition to locating points in all four quadrants.  Students apply the concept of absolute value to find the distance between points located on vertical or horizontal lines and solve real-world problems related to distance, segments, and shapes (6.NS.C.8).

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Common Core Learning Standards

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6.NS.6.b Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants of the coordinate...
6.NS.6.c Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line...
6.NS.8 Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the...

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