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Surf for More Math

Lesson 5 - Moving on a Grid


To encourage students to have fun on the Web while learning about Moving on a Grid, here are some games and interactive activities they can do on their own or in pairs.



Describe movements on a grid.

Builds Upon

Student Book pages 204-205


Instructions for Use

Bike Route lets students locate different places on a grid.

To use Bike Route, click on the blinking dots to move Inez around. Inez needs to run errands: to the video store, Betty's house, the post office, and finish at the library. Have students help Inez complete the errands using a set number of blocks.


Hiding Ladybug helps students write a set of directions to plan a path for the ladybug.

To use Hiding Ladybug, click on the 'Show Leaf' button to find a place where the ladybug can hide. To plan a path for the ladybug, click on the direction buttons (buttons with a blue arrow and ladybug). Each time the direction button is used, the ladybug leaves a trail. Click on the "Play" button to see the trail. Use a turn button to allow the ladybug to take a new direction. To insert a step, click on the step in the plan and then on another direction button. To clear a step, click on the step in the plan and then on the 'Clear Step' button. Click the 'Move Leaf' button to find another hiding place for the ladybug. Click 'Clear All' to start a new game.

Challenge students to find the shortest possible path to the leaf.


Virus Hunt prompts students to find a hidden object on a grid.

To use Virus Hunt, use the four arrow keys on a computer keyboard to move the car forward, backward, up and down on the map. Use Dr. Marbles tracking device to find which direction the virus pod is located. The timer shows how much time is left to locate the virus. The map shows an overview of the entire island and the player's current location.