|Our Foldable - Click Here for a Copy|
I messed up the positive one, but didn't want to waste more masking tape
In addition to the foldable, I made a number line out of a piece of masking tape in the hallway and had students walk out the absolute value. A classmate would give them an integer between -15 and 15, and they would walk the distance to zero on the number line. I think they thought it was a little ridiculous, especially those that 'got it' but I had very few students who messed up absolute value on the practice sheet they did for homework, so I'm calling it a success.
|Practice Sheet - Click Here for a Copy|
I also made a set of index cards with random numbers from -50 to 50 on them. I first had students find their opposite in the classroom (which I think I'm going to use as a way to make random groups from now on) and then I had the students line up in order from least to greatest without talking. This was really good practice for them to move around and practice ordering integers.
We've continued to practice integer number sense in their warm ups and as we are discussing integer operations, but they seem to have a good grasp on the concept, which makes me really happy.
We've moved on to integer operations, and I am thrilled with how those lessons are going, but I'll talk about that in another blog post!