Focus On Integers – ULTIMATE Resource!

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Who Needs Help with Integers?

Math is fun and we have just the tools to prove it! Are you looking for a new way, a fun way to help your students master the wonderful world of integers? Well, look no further. From easy and challenging to adding and subtracting integers, we’ve got you covered!


26 Integer Games/Activities
13 Integer Posters/Anchor Charts
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This collection has multiple pages of hands-on integers games and activities valuable to math practice. Specially designed for teaching homeschoolers and 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th graders, you’ll find this product package will help your students learn integers the easy way. Students will have so much fun, they’ll forget they’re learning math!

You may think you don’t have time for silly games in your class. But, before you pass this by, consider this:
1. Games lower failure rates
2. Link learning to goals and roles
3. Makes it easier to understand difficult concepts
4. Students learn more by getting involved in the learning material
5. And lets them see the results of their problem solving while directing their own learning.

See, these math games are a necessary tool for the classroom.

Over 26 printable learning games and activities, this set includes an array of activities, board games, riddles, card sets and more. Additions, subtractions, multiplications, divisions, problem solving and number guessing, work together building math and social skills while teaching cooperation, collaboration, and teamwork.

We answer the question “what are integers?” and explain the importance for integers and their operations. These activities will break down all four operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and explain why and how the various rules work. Our playful lessons break down each integer into its respective operations, simplifying and summarizing the rules for each. Students will learn addition using the basic number line and counters. Subtraction by patterns and difference. Multiplication through the rule if the two integers have a different sign, then the product is negative, otherwise it’s positive. And division with negative numbers follows because division is the opposite operation of multiplication.

Focus On Integers – ULTIMATE Resource! is available for purchase in digital download. All the worksheets, number lines, activities, and games come in a compressed zip file for your convenience.


A Math Poster/Anchor Chart to put on your Math Vocabulary board for students to use as a reference.

Also included is a 24inch x 36inch (poster size) JPEG file, so you can get the actual poster printed. Just take to your local copy shop and have it printed in poster size.

Along with the poster there are also cards to use as bookmarks for a quick reference the cards are also GREAT to glue into the students Math Journals. Students really enjoy using and putting these in their math binders!

Preview-IntegerInteger Posters Included in this BUNDLE
1. Integers vs Rational Numbers Poster with Cards for Students Math Journals
2. Subtracting Integers Poster/Anchor Chart with Cards for Students Math Journals
3. 3 Main Principles for Adding Integers Poster/Anchor Chart
4. Adding Integers Poster/Anchor Chart with Cards for Students Math Journals
5. Adding Integers Anchor Chart/Poster with Cards for Students Math Journals
6. Operations With Integers Graphic Organizer Poster with Cards for Students
7. Multiplying and Dividing Integers with Models Poster with Cards for Students
8. Operation with Integers Poster/Anchor Chart and Cards for Students Math Journals
9. Integer Poster/Anchor Chart with Cards for Students Math Journals
10. Subtracting Integers Anchor Chart/Poster with Cards for Students Math Journals
11. Adding Subtracting Integers = Poster/Anchor Chart with Cards for Students
12. Multiplying & Dividing Integers {Poster/Anchor Chart with Cards for Students}
13. Multiplying/Dividing Integer Rules Poster with Cards for Students Math Journals
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Here’s a few more Integer Activities included in this Bundle:

Switch: Compare and Order Integers Game


Erin J. said:
“I have used this over and over again. The kids love it!”

Tracy Crook said:
“My kids love switch!! Really helped them with integers!! They ask to play!!”

MissV said:
“My kids love this!”
Switch is a very challenging game that gives students the opportunity to think about how to compare and order integers. Each student is dealt a hand of six cards. Students must look at their numbers carefully. They are not allowed to reorder the cards but must maintain the order they are dealt. This is where Lady Luck comes in.

Some students might receive a hand where only a couple of cards need to be changed out to create a correctly ordered numberline sequence. Others will receive a hand where virtually every single card needs to be exchanged in order to win the game. It’s a good idea to keep scratch paper around so that if students want to draw out their sequence in order to visualize it on a numberline they can do it.

Once students have played the game and mastered it, the adaptation suggesting that their finished hand contain 3 red cards and 3 black cards is exceptionally challenging.

Another interesting adaptation is to allow students to exchange one or more of their cards for their opponent’s cards. They will have the right not to exchange their card/s if they don’t want to. Students need to be on their toes because the card they decide to exchange might be the card that gives their opponent a finished winning hand!

Switch helps students determine how the values of positive and negative numbers can be compared along a numberline.

Common Core Mathematical Standard
6.NS Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers.
7. Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.

The Common Core doesn’t subset break out integers separately but just classifies them as a of the rational number system.

Let’s Take a Ride on a Hot Air Balloon

TextHave you ever seen a hot air balloon rise into the sky? It’s a wonderful sight to see. You can use this fun example to teach positive and negative numbers. Begin by explaining to students that hot air bags (positive integers) will lift the balloon higher and sand bags (negative integers) will weigh it down and make it heavier.

The balloon can travel in a canyon but once it passes the ground level it’s at the 0 point and then it’s up in the atmosphere above ground level.

Let’s say our balloon is traveling in a canyon at -5 below the level of the ground. Now we take off 2 sand bags.

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We are at -5 in comparison to the ground then we subtract or get rid of two sand bags, which are represented by negative numbers since they weigh down our hot air balloon. Getting rid of those 2 sand bags has made our balloon lighter and now it’s floating at -3.
Now that we’re at -3 what happens if we add 5 more sand bags?

-3 + (-5 sand bags)

This has the effect of pulling us down into the canyon to -8 below ground level.Sample_2
What happens if we are at -3 and we take off 5 hot air bags instead? Taking off hot air bags is the same as putting on sand bags and we end up at the same place: -8 below ground level.

-3 – (5 hot air bags)


This is great way to show students that adding a negative is the same as subtracting a positive.

Also Incudled is a Movable Sample

Cut and glue the top and bottom of the numberline together, line up the zeros.

Cut out the balloons and practice moving them up and down the numberline.

Checks or Bills

Logo__Checks & BillsGive each student in your class a simple worksheet where they can total their “credits and debits.” Begin by giving them the same balance. Let’s say they have opened their “bank accounts” with $50.

Now assign a postal person to bring them each checks and bills. The luck of the draw will determine whether they end up with a positive or negative balance at the end of the week.

They should keep a record of every transaction so that they can show you their work.

Here is a sample.

Student begins with $50.

Day one: Postal person arrives with a $35 bill. Balance is now: $15.

Day two: Postal person arrives with a $7 check. Balance is now $22.

Day three: Postal person arrives with a $15 bill. Balance is now $7.

Day four: Postal person arrives with a $18 bill. Balance is now -11. uh oh

Day five: Postal person arrives with a $25 bill. Balance is now -36. even worse

Day six: Postal person arrives with a $40 check. Balance is now $4.

Day seven: Postal person arrives with a $60 check. Balance is now $64!

Just for fun, you can tell students that if they want to take a chance and exchange mail with their neighbor they can do that….as long as their neighbor agrees!

Whoever ends up with the highest positive amount in their bank account wins the game! Make sure to check all work!

(Checks and Bills Included)

What’s this Sentence Worth

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Logo_TextIn this game each letter of the alphabet represents a number you assign to it. Begin with assigning “A” the number “-13” and continue from left to right. Put up this “code assignment” somewhere where it can easily be seen by everyone in class.

Then prepare some short quotes for students. Idioms and catch phrases are great for this purpose. If you need some inspiration, check out this site.


Costs an arm and a leg

Every cloud has a silver lining

Feeling under the weather

Hit the nail on the head

Divide the class into pairs and have them pick the phrases/sentences they want or that they think might be valuable (highest positive answer).

The goal is for them to find out the value of each sentence. The pair of students who end up with the highest positive value for any of their sentences wins the game.

This game is a great way to teach the associative property of addition since students can group all the positive values and all the negative values separately and then add the positive to the negative in the final step.

Some students will quickly figure out that they can “cancel out” all the “n” letters since those won’t add to their sums anyway.

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Now that students have had time to play around with larger groupings of positive and negative numbers, it’s time to challenge them!

Challenge 1

Divide the class into groups of four students each. The competition is on! Challenge them to write a sentence or phrase that will total to -11 (or whatever number you choose) when added.

The group who finds a sentence or phrase that totals to -11 first will win the contest.

Challenge 2

Have students write a sentence that contains all the letters of the alphabet and then find its value. The letters may be used more than once. These sentences are called pangrams.

Here is an example of a pangram:

A mad boxer shot a quick, gloved jab to the jaw of his dizzy opponent.

And the ever-famous:

The quick brown fox jumps over a lazy dog.


These sentences have all 26 letters of the roman alphabet.

They were collected by David Lemon & Elzo Smid.

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