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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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)
The teacher explains the many steps in simplifying a rational expression. The example shown in this video demonstrates a key technique of looking for opposite factors when canceling out common 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.
In this Opposite Day instructional activity, 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 investigate things that are opposites. In this opposites lesson, students listen to books about the meaning of opposites. They make a list of things of opposites before using digital cameras take pictures of items that are opposites. They publish a book using their pictures.
Young scholars perform Sing a Song of Opposites to explore antonyms. In this opposites lesson plan, students create lists in groups and share their opposites. Young scholars record their opposites on the board.
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.
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.
Students create movements that illustrate opposites. For this opposites lesson, students discuss what opposites do for writing and relate to dance. Students make movements based on their 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.
In this opposite adjectives worksheet, students match the pictures, complete a crossword, and choose opposite adjectives. Students complete 3 activities.
Second graders generate a list of opposites found in the book, "Kaleidoscope of Kids". They use newspaper and magazine pictures to find opposites.
In these opposites and antonyms worksheets, students will write the opposites for 6 words, change words to mean the opposite for 8 sentences, find and underline the opposites for 10 words, use a word bank to change words to the antonyms for 6 sentences, and match 10 antonyms.
Third graders create a poem in which they compare and contrast opposites.
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.