Intro to Integers
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Start by showing students the Flocabulary video "The Number Line," which introduces the concept of positive and negative integers. Have students start brainstorming contexts in which we see integers in real life.
Have students search SchoolTube for videos that show integers in real-world situations, such as weather reports, deep-sea exploration, or airplane flights. You might have students work together in small groups to present their findings to their peers, and explain how the video shows positive and negative integers.
Students can practice representing situations with integers and comparing/ordering integers on Think Through Math. The program is adaptive, and gives outstanding support for students who are struggling. This portion of the lesson could also be used as a homework assignment.
Assess students' knowledge of integer concepts with a quiz on Socrative. This tech-based clicker tool is much more engaging than a paper-and-pencil quiz, and provides students with instant feedback on their mastery of concepts.
Key Standards Supported
The Number System
Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 on the number line; recognize that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself, e.g., –(–3) = 3, and that 0 is its own opposite.
Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane.