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Phase:

Before/Engage

Activity:

Begin by drawing a number line on the right side of the board (it can have any numerical values -- for example, you could do 0-5 or 0-20). Make sure to label the start as zero. Explain to the students that they are going to be learning about the other side of the number line, the area behind the zero. Add an opposite half to the number line with matching negative numbers appropriately labeled.

Have students Think-Pair-Share and discuss how negative numbers might be used in the real world. What are some situations that can be represented by a negative number? Look for answers like overdrafting a bank account, freezing temperatures, or elevation below sea level. Explain that negative numbers can be used to represent the opposite of a positive number situation.

Have all the students push their chairs back and stand in front of them. List several situations or integers and have the students jump if it's positive or sit if it's negative.

You find $5

You dove 7 meters

10 degrees above zero

12 steps backward

The elevator went down 4 floors

A loss of 8 yards in football

40 ft. below sea level

You withdraw $52

In closing, ask students what value is represented by their standing position (zero). Remind them that we don't use a symbol for positive numbers.

Assessment Strategies:

Use observation to see which students are watching their peers before they sit or jump; those students may need direct small group instruction.

After the closing, give students an exit ticket (Intro to Integers Exit Ticket) to check for understanding. They should complete this individually. As they finish, they can bring it to the teacher to check to quickly correct any misconceptions that students may have.

Advanced Preparation:

Prepare copies of the exit ticket (there are 6 per page). You will need a list of positive or negative situations (examples provided in the lesson).

Variation Tips (optional):

You can vary the activity that students perform to show positive or negative -- for example, you can have them show thumbs up or down.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):

Keywords and Search Tags:

integers, negative, number line, numbers, opposite, positive