Integers and Absolute Value

In this module students learn how to measure distances on a number line by finding the absolute value of integer values. In the process students also learn about integers and their opposites, as well as how to compare and order integers. Finally, students apply their skills in a real-world scenario involving scuba diving.

In this lesson students view a number of instructional videos, play a math game, and practice their developing skills with absolute value. Students then look at a real-world example: A video describes an exploration around a sunken ship off the coast of San Diego. Students analyze a schematic diagram of the sunken ship using their skills with absolute value.

This lesson addresses Grade 6 Common Core Standards but it can also be assigned to higher grades for concept review. 

This lesson can be assigned to individual students or teams of students. The lesson can be completed in about 20 to 25 minutes. 

Math Concepts

  • Graphing Numbers
  • Number Concepts

Learning Objectives

  • Identify integers and their opposites
  • Define absolute value
  • Calculate absolute value on a number line
  • Compare and order integers

Prerequisite Skills

  • Definition of an integer
  • Working with Number Lines
Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.5, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 6th - 7th Grade

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