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  • What are some real-world, non-forced ways to explore integers?

    Posted by Katrien Vance on June 19, 2019 at 9:53 pm

    Gathering data, measuring, building–so many real-world number situations never deal with negative numbers.  Temperature, sea level, money — I can make up basic problems with these, but I don’t have ones that I love.  Do teachers out there have favorite tasks that deal with negative numbers, especially subtracting them in a way that makes it real for students?  Not tricks, but ways to develop real number sense? Thanks!

    Shawn Hershey replied 3 years, 3 months ago 2 Members · 1 Reply
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  • Shawn Hershey

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    June 20, 2019 at 4:56 am

    Hello Katrien.  I am not sure about tasks but have you seen Kyle’s site mathisvisual.com?  He has a great series about how to make sense of the integer operations not through rules but conceptual understanding. I like to use manipulatives with integer chips for these lessons. Sorry, I do not know of a 3 act task for negatives.