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Sequencing Integers – Task Cards

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Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 6

Demonstrate an understanding of positive and negative numbers by ordering integers with this set of 24 task cards.

Ordering Integers

An integer is a whole number, which means it does not have a fractional or decimal component. Some examples of integers include -5, 0, 3, and 10. Integers can be positive or negative and include zero.

Integers are numbers that you can count with: 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8, and so on. Integers can be added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided like real numbers. They can also be raised to a power, such as 3^2 = 9.

Integers are also used in many mathematical operations, such as counting and solving equations. 

When ordering integers, you arrange them in increasing or decreasing order based on their value. To order a set of integers in increasing order, you would start with the smallest integer and work your way up to the largest integer. For example, the set {-5, 2, 6, -3, 9} would be ordered as {-5, -3, 2, 6, 9}.

To order a set of integers in decreasing order, you would start with the largest integer and work your way down to the smallest integer. For example, the set {-5, 2, 6, -3, 9} would be ordered as {9, 6, 2, -3, -5}.

If you are looking for an activity for your students to practice ordering positive and negative numbers, look no further! Teach Starter has created a set of 24 task cards that your students can use to practice this skill.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use this set of task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

For students who need additional support, provide them with a number line to help them visualize where each number would be located.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

If there are students who need a bit of a challenge, have them brainstorm a list of when negative numbers would be used in their daily lives.

🛴 Scoot Activity 

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket 

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or editable Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

This resource was created by Cassandra Friesen, a teacher in Colorado and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

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