Explore how you can use algebra tiles to teach integer addition.

# Integer Addition using Algebra Tiles

AuthorDavid Poras

Target Grades6 – 8

TagsTeaching Idea, Video, Algebra, Arithmetic

Common Core Standards6.NS.C.5Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values. Use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation. • 7.NS.A.1Apply 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. (a) Describe situations in which opposite quantities combine to make 0. (b) Understand p + q as the number located a distance |q| from p, in the positive or negative direction depending on whether q is positive or negative. Show that a number and its opposite have a sum of 0 (are additive inverses). Interpret sums of rational numbers by describing real-world contexts. (c) Understand subtraction of rational numbers as adding the additive inverse, p – q = p + (–q). Show that the distance between two rational numbers on the number line is the absolute value of their difference, and apply this principle in real-world contexts. (d) Apply properties of operations as strategies to add and subtract rational numbers.