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Math Example: Modeling Integers Using Algebra Tiles: Example 13

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# Math Example: Modeling Integers Using Algebra Tiles: Example 13

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Numerical Expressions

## Description

This example demonstrates how to model the integer -3 using algebra tiles. Three red tiles are arranged in a row, each representing a negative unit. This visual representation helps students understand the concept of negative integers and how they can be represented using concrete objects. The use of algebra tiles provides a tangible way for students to grasp numerical expressions, particularly for visual learners.

Numerical expressions are fundamental in mathematics, forming the basis for more complex algebraic concepts. By using algebra tiles to represent integers, including negative numbers, students can develop a strong foundation in understanding number relationships and operations. This approach bridges the gap between abstract mathematical concepts and concrete representations, making it easier for students to grasp and remember.

Providing multiple examples of integer representation is crucial for reinforcing the concept. As students progress through various examples, they begin to recognize patterns and develop a deeper understanding of how integers work, including the concept of negative numbers. This repetition and variation in examples help solidify their comprehension and prepare them for more advanced mathematical concepts.

**Teacher's Script: **Now, let's look at how we represent the integer -3 using algebra tiles. Count the red tiles with me. Remember, each red tile represents a negative unit. How does this visual help us understand what -3 means in a concrete way? Can you see the pattern forming as we increase the number of negative units?

For a complete collection of math examples related to Numerical Expressions click on this link: __Math Examples: Modeling Integers Using Algebra Tiles Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.5 |
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Grade Range | 6 - 8 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra• Expressions, Equations, and Inequalities• Algebra Tiles--Expressions and Equations |

Copyright Year | 2014 |

Keywords | integers, integer, algebra tiles, positive numbers, negative numbers, positive, negative, zero, zero pair, number line, absolute value |