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Negative Numbers

There are 366 different Starters of The Day, many to choose from. You will find in the left column below some starters on the topic of Negative Numbers. In the right column below are links to related online activities, videos and teacher resources.

A lesson starter does not have to be on the same topic as the main part of the lesson or the topic of the previous lesson. It is often very useful to revise or explore other concepts by using a starter based on a totally different area of Mathematics.

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Negative Numbers Starters:

Multiplication Grid: Copy and complete the multiplication grid. The higher levels include negative numbers.

Negative Numbers: Perform calculations involving negative numbers

Negative Vibes: Practise techniques for answering questions involving negative numbers.

 

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River Crossing

River Crossing

Three interactive versions of the traditional river crossing puzzles. The objective is to get all of the characters to the other side of the river without breaking any of the rules.

 

Curriculum for Negative Numbers:

Year 5

Pupils should be taught to interpret negative numbers in context, count forwards and backwards with positive and negative whole numbers, including through zero more...

Year 6

Pupils should be taught to use negative numbers in context, and calculate intervals across zero more...

Years 7 to 9

Pupils should be taught to order positive and negative integers, decimals and fractions; use the number line as a model for ordering of the real numbers; use the symbols =, ≠, <, >, ≤, ≥ more...

Pupils should be taught to use the four operations, including formal written methods, applied to integers, decimals, proper and improper fractions, and mixed numbers, all both positive and negative more...

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Notes:

A negative number is a real number that is less than zero. Such numbers are often used to represent the amount of a loss or absence. For example, a debt that is owed may be thought of as a negative asset, or a decrease in some quantity may be thought of as a negative increase. Negative numbers are also used to describe values on a scale that goes below zero, such as the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales for temperature.

Here are some activities designed to strengthen a pupil's understanding of negative numbers.

Negative Numbers Teacher Resources:

Number Line: This number line visual aid is designed to be projected onto a whiteboard for whole class exposition.

Negative Numbers Activities:

Bidmaze: Find your way through the maze encountering mathematical operations in the correct order to achieve the given total.

Inequalities: Check that you know what inequality signs mean and how they are used to compare two quantities. Includes negative numbers, decimals, fractions and metric measures.

Negative Magic: Four partially completed magic squares containing negative numbers. Fill in the missing numbers.

Negative Numbers: Use negative numbers in basic arithmetic and algebraic calculations and word problems.

Reading Scales: A self marking exercise on the reading of scales of different types.

Temperatures: Test your understanding of negative numbers with this self marking quiz about temperatures.

Think of a Number: Ten students think of a number then perform various operations on that number. You have to find what the original numbers were.

Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.

Negative Numbers Videos:

Negative Numbers Ninja: Short but sweet, a Ninja country song about the rules for multiplying directed numbers.

Negatives Add and Subtract: From Corbettmaths, this video explains how to add or subtract positive and negative numbers.

Negative Numbers Worksheets/Printables:

Number Line Banner: A printable banner (multiple A4 sheets) of a colourful number line for the classroom wall.

Negative Numbers External Links:

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