Integers: Addition and Subtraction

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Young mathematicians construct their own understanding of integers with an inquiry-based math lesson. Using colored chips to represent positive and negative numbers, children model a series of addition and subtraction problems as they work collaboratively to generate algorithms for solving these two types of problems.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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Instructional Ideas

  • Insert this lesson into an upper-elementary or middle school math unit on integers
  • Have students work in small groups creating their own algorithms for adding and subtracting integers, presenting their ideas to the whole class
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