Ordering small negative numbers
Ordering negative numbers 256
Exercise Name: Ordering small negative numbers
Math Missions: 6th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math MissionPre-algebra Math Mission, Algebra basics Math Mission
Types of Problems: 1

The Ordering small negative numbers exercise appears under the 6th grade (U.S.) Math Mission, Arithmetic essentials Math MissionPre-algebra Math Mission and Algebra basics Math Mission. This exercise helps to better understand how to order both positive and negative integers.

Types of Problems

There is one type of problem in this exercise:

  1. Put numbers in order: This problem provides a list of between four and seven integers. The student is asked to put the number in increasing order (smallest to largest).

    Put numbers in order


This exercise is easy to get accuracy badges for students that are familiar with negative numbers. The speed badges should be considered medium because of the manipulative that sometimes requires several moves to put in order.

  1. A larger magnitude negative number is actually less than a smaller magnitude negative number because it is further left on a number line.
  2. A technique to work the manipulative faster is to concentrate on moving small numbers left or large numbers right, whichever requires less actual moves.
  3. Look to see if the largest positive number is on the far right already, or if the largest magnitude negative number is on the far left.

Real-life Applications

  1. Negative numbers can be used to represent places with an elevation below sea-level.
  2. Negative numbers are used to describe values on a scale that goes below zero, such as the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales for temperature.

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