Absolute Value

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Introduce your students to the concept of absolute value using this informative lesson. Absolute value is defined, and students are reminded that it is always positive because it measures distance. The symbols used to designate absolute zero and how these symbols are interpreted in equations, are covered in the lesson as well. Students should be familiar with grouping and order of operations before diving into this lesson. The lesson can be used with other math and algebra related lessons.

Absolute Value Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Absolute Value
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Absolute Value
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 5-6 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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Description

Introduce your students to the concept of absolute value using this informative lesson.  Absolute value is defined, and students are reminded that it is always positive because it measures distance on a number line.  The symbols used to designate absolute zero and how these symbols are interpreted in equations, are covered in the lesson as well.  Students should be familiar with grouping and order of operations before diving into this lesson.  The lesson can be used with other math and algebra related lessons.

Classroom Procedure:

  1. Begin by explaining to students that absolute value is a grouping symbol that looks at the range between two numbers.
  2. While reading the content pages, reinforce the concept of a grouping symbol and give students additional examples of problems in order to help them practice.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  3. Introduce the notes on absolute value.  Have students practice problems using absolute value.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  4. Follow Activity page with students. Have students play in small groups of two through four.  More rows can be inserted to the worksheet for longer games.
  5. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses as a class.
  6. Distribute the Homework page. Have students work a few problems at the beginning of the next class to review the material.
  7. In closing, ask students to explain why distance can never be negative.
  8. Allow for responses and discussion.

Common Core State Standards: 

CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.C.7

Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 class session

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Additional information

Grade Level

5th Grade, 6th Grade

Subject

Math