Written by Debi Polen
Free Online Printable Graph Paper
I know how popular graph paper was to my son who was enjoying his math, but it can also provide the framework for other areas of study and recreation. You don’t have to resort to creating your own paper like I did for some of our school projects; there are now others online that have done it much more accurately and better. If you need a few sheets of graph paper, printing your own is an option. However, when the need is greater, purchasing a tablet or pack may be much more economical [not an affiliate link].
Popular Formats for Graph Paper
There are quite a few formats for graph paper, so here’s an illustrated reference for some of the more popular ones. Each format has its own set of variations, so let your imagination run wild!
5 Websites that Offer Free Printable Graph Paper
These websites are international in nature, and thus, different paper sizes are available for the user. The PaperSizes.org website has size charts to help you decide on which formats to use.
The websites, ordered by most complex and non-interactive to the most interactive with the ability to customize, include:
1. Pere Millán’s peregraph.com
Pere Millán from Barcelona said that he built his website “to show many graphical methods to describe graphically data behaviour” and that he is “trying to give them as nice output as possible.” Because he has an architecture and engineering background, he has included examples of the more sophisticated formats’ uses.
Peregraph.com offers the following forms of graph paper, most of which are for A3 and A4 paper sizes: Architectural, Cartesian, Engineering, Isometric, Logarithmic, Polar, and Semi-Logarithmic.
2. Math-Drills.com’s Free Graph Paper
If math is your primary purpose for printing your own graph paper, consider this website’s collection, some of which already come numbered and labeled.
Not only do you get to create the exact sizes for your graph paper, you also get a lesson on what each type of graph is used for. Selections include Cartesian, Engineering, Polar, Isometric, Logarithmic, Hexagonal, Probability, and Smith Chart.
This website includes interactive generators that give you options on complexity, scale, paper size, and color. It also has a wonderful selection of formats and variations. Because this site appeals to a more general audience, it may be the best first stop for your graph paper needs.
5. Microsoft Office Template Downloads
Users of the Microsoft Office products (Excel, Word, PowerPoint) may appreciate the ability to customize these templates for their projects. In addition to the Cartesian format, there are templates for the Triangular and Hexagonal graph forms.
Instructions for Printing from Adobe Reader
In Adobe Reader, after you choose Print, set the Page Scaling to “None.” The default is to “Shrink to Printable Area,” which may cause your printout to be incorrectly scaled!
How Have You Used Graph Paper in Your Home School?
Of the uses that we had for the various graph paper formats, the Hexagonal graph’s was the most artistic. Stephen was participating in our homeschool co-op’s annual art and sciences fair. After we printed the graph design on honey-gold paper and attached several sheets of it to cover the presentation board for a robot bee display, the entire exhibit came alive! The eye was drawn to the brightly colored display! Stephen actually won Best in Show for the fair that year. Along with his skill as a 4th-grade roboticist, I think that the colorful presentation got him there. It was time consuming to cut and paste the sheets, but well worth it.
We used graph paper for playing games, too. Since that delves into a whole new topic, I think I’ll save that discussion for another time.
I’d love to hear about the different uses you have for graph paper in your home school. Please share your ideas—and photos—with us in the comment section below.
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