Negative Numbers can be one of the hardest units for students to grasp...
So here are some fun ideas I have found make the abstract concept seem a little more "real":
1. Number Balls - a game of ordering integers from least to greatest....
Here are the CLIPS from teacher's domain:
- Inventing Negative Numbers (cartoon)
- Importance of the Origin (cartoon)
- Cyberchase for Real: Competing in the Northern Hemisphere Games (cracks me up)
3. Teach this song:
Same sign, add and keep
Different sign, subtract
Take the sign of the larger number
Then you'll be exact.
Change the minus to a plus
Change the sign that's next
Now all you do is add them up
As if they were a plus.
3. Integers Project