Introduction to Integers


In this module students learn the basics of integers, with plenty of real-world applications to ground their knowledge. Two short videos introduce the topic of integers and how to graph integers on the number line. A Quizlet activity allows students to practice the skill of identify positives, negatives, or zero. Four formative assessment items test a student's understanding of integers and graphing integers on a number line.  allow students to test their understanding of these topics.

For the problem solving activity, students learn about super-cooling electronic circuits for certain high-tech applications. Students use their knowledge of integers to arrange temperature values on a number line. 

This module can be used as an introductory lesson on integers for pre-algebra or algebra. The content aligns with the grade 6 Common Core State Standards, but this module can be used as a refresher for higher grades.

This module can be assigned to individual students or groups of students. Students should be able to complete this lesson in 20 minutes.

Math Concepts

  • Algebra

Learning Objectives

  • Define integers
  • Use integers for measurement
  • Graph integers on a number line

Prerequisite Skills

  • Comparing and Ordering Whole Numbers
  • Graphing Numbers on a Number Line
Common Core Standards CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6
Lesson Duration 20 mins
Grade Range 6th - 7th Grade

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