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Fly on the Ceiling

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Fly on the Ceiling

In this math lesson, learners play two different games to help them understand coordinates. First, learners read the book, "The Fly on the Ceiling," by Julie Glass. Then, learners play "Fly Tic-Tac-Toe," a game similar to tic-tac-toe but with coordinates, and "Swat the Flies," a game similar to Battleship but with flies. Each game requires two players.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game, Lesson/Lesson Plan


Materials List (per group of students)


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Literature


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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