This activity is a first glimpse into how to add integers. It is a modeling approach that will leave students with a mental image of the result of adding integers so they will be able to add integers without creating the model.
Before the Activity
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This is a beginning activity for adding integers. It does not include subtracting integers, but the same basic approach can be used.
Copy the Adding Integers Worksheet for students.
During the Activity
During the activity, a Quick Poll can be used to have students answer each of the questions on the worksheet, or examples that the teacher may give.
After the Activity
As a culminating activity, or possibly after a homework assignment on integers, you can give the following quiz.