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Negative Numbers

Plan your

Intro to Negative Numbers

lesson

Lesson Objective:

Students will understand that positive and negative numbers are used to describe quantities having opposite directions. Students will use negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.

Prior Knowledge

Ability to compare and contrast numbers.

Vocabulary

Positive number

Negative number

Zero

Number line

Integer

Rational number

Students understand the concepts of a number line.

Activities

Differentiate your instruction by grouping your students by their needs and choose the most effective activity for each group

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Negative Number Match

Negative Number Match

In this activity, students match real-world descriptions to their integer representations. (To access the worksheet, scroll down and click on "Matching Worksheet.")

Real World Examples

Mission 2110

Mission 2110

This interactive game has students do three different activities where they integers and deepen their understanding of negative numbers while fighting against robot aliens.

Math Games

On The Line

On The Line

In this activity, students set the parameters of a number line and then estimate where different values would fall on the number line.

Math Games

Real World Negatives

Real World Negatives

In this activity, students write integers to match real-world descriptions. The questions are both free response and multiple choice. (To access the worksheet, scroll down and click on "Practice Worksheet")

Real World Examples

Number Balls Game

Number Balls Game

In this activity, students sort positive and negative numbers as they bounce on the screen.

Math Games

Money Numbers

Money Numbers

This activity focuses on the tie between how a number is written, its value, its placement on a number line and how it is described in words.

Real World Examples

Teacher

Tips

Remind students to pay attention to the symbol before the number as well as to the numeral in order to determine quantity.

Look out for confusion around ordering of negative numbers, since the smaller the numeral, the closer the number is to 0, and therefore the greater it is.

Have students work together to correct each other’s work

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Differentiate your instruction in just minutes by grouping your students and finding the most effective activities based on their holistic needs.

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