Above & Below Zero Game!

Add positive and negative numbers on a vertical number line.

Grades Covered: 4 through 8
Subjects Covered: Math

Curriculum topics:
  • Adding Positive and Negative Numbers
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National Standards

  • 6.NS.5. Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// The Number System /// Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Numbers To The System Of Rational Numbers)

  • 6.NS.6. Understand a rational number as a point on the number line. Extend number line diagrams and coordinate axes familiar from previous grades to represent points on the line and in the plane with negative number coordinates.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// The Number System /// Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Numbers To The System Of Rational Numbers)

  • 6.NS.7. Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// The Number System /// Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Numbers To The System Of Rational Numbers)

  • 7.NS.1. Apply and extend previous understandings of addition and subtraction to add and subtract rational numbers; represent addition and subtraction on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// The Number System /// Apply And Extend Previous Understandings Of Operations With Fractions To Add, Subtract, Multiply, And Divide Rational Numbers)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 6 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 7 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • Mathematical Practices: 1. Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 2. Reason abstractly and quantitatively. 3. Construct viable arguments and critique the reasoning of others. 4. Model with mathematics. 5. Use appropriate tools strategically. 6. Attend to precision. 7. Look for and make use of structure. 8. Look for and express regularity in repeated reasoning.

    (Common Core Mathematics /// Grade 8 /// Mathematical Practices)

  • 1.8 Use concepts of negative numbers (e.g., on a number line, in counting, in temperature, in "owing").

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 4 /// 01. Number Sense /// 1.0 Students understand place value of whole numbers and decimals to two decimal places, how these relate to simple fractions, and use concepts of negative numbers.)

  • 1.5 Identify and represent on a number line decimals, fractions, mixed numbers, and positive and negative integers.

    (CA Mathematics /// Grade 5 /// 01. Number Sense /// 1.0 Students compute with very large and very small numbers, positive integers, decimals, and fractions and understand the relationship between decimals, fractions, and percents. They understand the relative magnitudes of numbers.)


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