Compare Integers

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With our Compare Integers lesson plan, your students will learn to interpret statements of inequality as statements about the relative position of two numbers on a number line.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to have your students come up with some real world scenarios where comparing integers is relevant such as with temperature or stocks.

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Description

What our Compare Integers lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Compare Integers teaches students about comparing integers. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to interpret statements of inequality as statements about the relative position of two numbers on a number line. This lesson is for students in 5th grade and 6th grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to this lesson is to have your students come up with some real world scenarios where comparing integers is relevant such as with temperature or stocks. You can also have them begin to compare numbers that are larger as they feel more comfortable with number lines. Finally, you can hand out an integer to each student and have the class order themselves along a fictitious number line.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.

COMPARE INTEGERS LESSON PLAN CONTENT PAGES

Compare Integers

The Compare Integers lesson plan includes two content pages. When comparing fractions, you need to figure out which integers are bigger, which are smaller, and which are the same size. You can compare integers in three ways: > (greater than), < (less than), or = (equal to).

Integers are whole numbers and their opposites, or positive and negative numbers. For example, -9 and +9 are opposite integers. In order to plot integers on a number line, you need to draw a dot on the number line indicating the number.

For example, if you want to plot the integers -5, -1, 0, and 10 on a number line, you would place a dot on each number. The lesson shows this on an example number line.

Number lines are an easy way to compare integers. On a number line, the number to the left is always less a number to its right. Numbers get smaller as you move to the left. They get larger as you move to the right.

The lesson includes several helpful example number lines with integers for students to study. Over time, students will be able to visualize a number line in their head to solve problems and compare integers.

COMPARE INTEGERS LESSON PLAN WORKSHEETS

The Compare Integers lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.

NUMBER LINE ACTIVITY WORKSHEET

Students will work in groups to complete the lesson activity. Each group will receive a number line showing -20 to +20 and a deck of cards. Each student will then place a different color marker on zero. As students get face up cards, they move their marker that number of places. Red cards are negative and black cards are positive. The first student in each group to reach either -20 or +20 wins.

FILL IN PRACTICE WORKSHEET

For the practice worksheet, students will fill in the correct answer using >, <, or =.

COMPARE INTEGERS HOMEWORK ASSIGNMENT

The homework assignment asks students to use the given number lines to compare different numbers. They will also fill in the correct answer in inequalities with >, <, or =.

QUIZ

This lesson also includes a quiz that you can use to test students’ understanding of the lesson material. For the quiz, students will fill in the correct symbol for greater than, less than, and equal to. They will also answer a few more questions about the lesson material.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information

grade-level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

subject

Math

State Educational Standards

None for Grade 5
LB.Math.Content.6.NS.C.7.A

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.