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Kinesthetic Astronomy: Mars Opposition Dance
Your class will watch as one child orbits the sun as Earth, while another orbits as Mars. If the timing is right, they will see the repetitive dance between the two planets and discover how often they are opposite from each other. For high schoolers, follow this activity by having them apply Newton's universal law of gravitation to compute their motions mathematically.
Opposities - 7.NS.1.b
The focus here is on developing an understanding of the additive inverse. The lesson starts with learners thinking about opposites in a non-mathematical sense, then engaging in an activity which starts them thinking about how this applies to numbers and the number line, and finally solidifying their knowledge with a skill practice worksheet.
There are really only four basic moves in this line dance. Those dance moves are: grapevine, slide, marching, and then dipping and clapping. Each 8-count is repeated twice, for a total of a 64-count dance. The unique addition to this dance is that alternating rows begin the dance in opposite directions. Odd rows start to the right, even rows start to the left. Watch the video and see how this looks.
Students explore and take photographs of opposites. They create a class list of opposites, and discuss how to use a digital camera. In small groups they take pictures of opposites around their school, and create a book of opposites.
It's Opposite Day
Celebrate Opposite Day by using a Visual Thesaurus to match words to their antonyms. They match a list of vocabulary words to their antonym counterparts using the Visual Thesaurus, and then they play Antonym Bingo with the words from their vocabulary list. The chart is included here.
It's Opposite Day
Learners experience opposite day in fill-form. In this vocabulary lesson plan, students celebrate "opposite day" by using the VT to match a list of vocabulary words to their antonym counterparts. Then, learners can use their knowledge of these antonym pairs in a game of "antonyms bingo."
Magnet Lessons - Opposites Do Attract
Students can discover how opposites attract using magnet lesson plans that will engage the curious and active learner.
Paul Gauguin Art: Opposite Colour Masterpieces
Students discover new art techniques by examining the work of Paul Gauguin and his use of opposite colors. In this art analysis lesson plan, students investigate the different perspectives and colors used in classic post impressionist paintings. Students create and share their own landscape paintings using Gauguin's opposite color techniques.
New! Determine the Values of Opposite Numbers Using a Number Line
Help learners understand opposite numbers using a horizontal or vertical number line. The video relates time as five years ago or five years in the future. It relates temperature as an increase of eight degrees or a decrease of eight degrees. Both are the same distance away from zero and therefore, opposite numbers.
6.NS.6.a ~ Number lines
Begin with a talk about opposites, show an entertaining and educational homemade video called The Number Line Dance, and then have your class play a game in which they place positive and negative integers on a human number line. They will visualize that positive and negative numbers are opposites! A homework assignment is suggested. You may want to consider creating a short worksheet with the suggested exercise.
In this Opposite Day worksheet, students complete activities such as reading a passage, matching phrases, fill in the blanks, choose the correct word, multiple choice, unscramble the words, sequencing, unscramble the sentences, write questions, take a survey, and writing. Students complete 12 activities for Opposite Day.
Students perform Sing a Song of Opposites to explore antonyms. In this opposites instructional activity, students create lists in groups and share their opposites. Students record their opposites on the board.
Understand the Opposite of a Number by Looking at a Number Line
This first video in a seven-part series introduces opposites with a number line and shows the relationship to zero. It uses vertical and horizontal number line to show opposites. It quickly references that -(-24) means the "opposite of negative 24" and how it becomes positive.
Understand the Opposites of Fractions by Looking at a Number Line
Continue with opposite numbers as you introduce fractions to your learners. The presentation shows that fractions have opposites like regular numbers, and plots them on horizontal and vertical number lines. Use estimation to plot different fractions and mixed numbers on a number line. Video does not do step-by-step instruction for all problems, some additional teacher instruction may be needed. (Second video in a series of seven)
How Do You Simplify a Polynomial Over a Polynomial Using Opposite Binomial Factors?
The teacher explains the many steps in simplifying a rational expression using opposite binomial factors. At first it seems complicated but if you follow along and watch out for your negative numbers you can learn how to simplify this polynomial divided by a polynomial.
Representing, Identifying, and Comparing Integers
This resource will knock your "sox" off! It comes with so many worksheets, projects, and other attachments that help you prepare your mathematicians to see positive and negative integers in the real world, including the White Sox stadium and the Sears tower in Chicago. In particular, math fans will be able to compare integers, use a number line, find opposites or additive inverses. The materials provided cannot all possibly be described here, so you will have to check it out!
In these three identifying antonyms worksheet, students use a word bank to match and change underlined words in sentences, write antonyms that go together, find words that mean the opposite of a list of words, fill in the blanks in sentences, and create a list of as many antonyms as possible. Students write 36 answers.
Is This a Parallelogram?
If both pairs of opposite sides of a quadrilateral are congruent, is the quadrilateral a parallelogram? This task asks learners to determine the answer and to support their answer with a proof. The resource includes a commentary for teachers that gives suggestions about how to guide students through two different methods of proof. One method uses congruent triangles to establish congruent alternate interior angles to show that opposite sides are parallel, and the other method uses a rigid motion argument.
Opposites are Fun!!
Opposites are the focus of this language arts lesson. The teacher gives examples of opposites and learners use word cards and sing chants with movements to demonstrate understanding. They also demonstrate opposite actions and identify high and low sounds of music.
Los Opuestos (Opposites)
Students examine and discuss various pairs of opposites, repeating the words in Spanish. They draw a picture to illustrate each opposite and write sentences containing the Spanish opposites.