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Models for Teaching Addition and Subtraction of Integers

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Positive and negative numbers are everywhere in the world around us. Whether it's charged particles in atoms, a hot air balloon rising and falling in the sky, or a series of bills and checks being delivered in the mail, this resource offers some unique ideas for teaching young mathematicians how to model the addition and subtraction of integers.

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CCSS: Adaptable
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  • Introduce these models as guided practice activities during a lesson series on adding and subtracting integers
  • After familiarizing students with adding and subtracting integers, have them work in small groups creating their own real-world models to share with the class
  • Includes five different approaches to modeling integers, each supported by multiple examples
  • Offers a hands-on collaborative activity for teaching about adding and subtracting integers
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