Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Adding and Subtracting Integers, and supports the standard of fluently adding and subtracting positive and negative integers. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE

Display an image of a number line, like the one shown below:

Ask students: 

  • What do you notice about this number line?  
  • What can you tell about the numbers to the left and right of 0? How do they compare?

Step 2: BUILD BACKGROUND

Step 3: ENGAGE

Students express what they learned about adding and subtracting integers while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs. 

  • Make-a-Movie: Create a tutorial that answers this question: How do you use a number line to add and subtract integers? (Essential Literacy Skill: Determine central ideas) (Essential Math Skill: Understand & apply properties of 4 operations)
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying and explaining the rules for adding and subtracting integers, and the relationship between adding positive and negative numbers. Use examples. (Essential Literacy Skill: Acquire and use domain-specific words and phrases) (Essential Math Skill: Understand & apply properties of 4 operations)
  • Creative Coding: Code a math problem that involves adding or subtracting integers. (Essential Math Skill: Understand & apply properties of 4 operations)

Step 4: APPLY & ASSESS 

Apply: Students complete the Adding and Subtracting Integers Worksheet, applying essential math and literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Adding and Subtracting Integers Quiz

Step 5: EXTEND LEARNING

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Numbers and Operations Unit: Continue to build understanding around number sense and operations with more BrainPOP topics.

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Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments

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