Coordinate Owls

Timeframe: 5 hours, spread over the course of several days 
Grade Level: 4th 

I worked with a wonderful fourth grade teacher to develop this project. She wanted something for her students to do that would incorporate math and "some cute owls". We decided to use the coordinate plane to help the students draw an owl! It turned out to be such a cute and educational project! When I saw the finished products and heard the students talking about it, I was amazed at the learning that took place! I just love collaborating with classroom teachers!

Here's what we did:

First, I taped two sheets of graph paper together to make a larger piece. I sketched an owl, being careful to touch points where the lines crossed. You can see my sketch in the photo above. Then, I labeled each point and determined the coordinates. There were about 25 points. I made a list of the coordinates. 

The classroom teacher let her students use two sheets of graph paper taped together to plot each point and connect them to draw their own owl. 

They used what they had learned in the art classroom about variety and pattern to color and decorate their owls. Then, they cut them out and glued to black construction paper. 

They wrote the procedures to incorporate language arts. 

The classroom teacher displayed this project outside her classroom. She posted objectives (below) with the student work so that others would know what the students were learning. 

I LOVE this project. 
It incorporates math, language arts, and visual arts! 
It is appropriate for inclusion classrooms. 
 It is very engaging for students.

Please leave feedback. Let me know if you try this with your students. I would love to hear what worked and didn't work for your classroom!

Share your own ideas, photos, etc!!!
 Copyright 2012 Amanda Koonlaba-There's a Party in the Art Room


  1. What a great project! It is educational and the owls are beautiful!