# Absolutely Valuable Game!

In this fast-paced game of addition, students discover that the “absolute value” of a number is simply its distance from zero on a number line.

**Grades covered:**5 through 9

**Curriculum Topics:**Absolute Value, Number Lines, Adding Positive and Negative Numbers

### Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

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|||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|||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|||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 8||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||High School||Mathematical Practices

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.|||2.1 Add, subtract, multiply, and divide with decimals; add with negative integers; subtract positive integers from negative integers; and verify the reasonableness of the results.||CA Mathematics||Grade 5||01. Number Sense||2.0 Students perform calculations and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, and simple multiplication and division of fractions and decimals.|||2.3 Solve addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division problems, including those arising in concrete situations, that use positive and negative integers and combinations of these operations.||CA Mathematics||Grade 6||01. Number Sense||2.0 Students calculate and solve problems involving addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.|||2.5 Understand the meaning of the absolute value of a number; interpret the absolute value as the distance of the number from zero on a number line; and determine the absolute value of real numbers.||CA Mathematics||Grade 7||01. Number Sense||2.0 Students use exponents, powers, and roots and use exponents in working with fractions.

**Categories include:**

- Grades 3-5
- Grades 6-8
- Math

**Tags:**Number System, Addition & Subtraction

**Subjects covered:**["Math"]