Lesson Length: 30 - 45 mins
Topic: The Number System; Positive & Negative Numbers
Grade Level: 6
Standards / Framework:
Brief Description: In this lesson, students will describe the elevations and temperatures of locations using positive and negative numbers.
Know Before You Start:
Students should understand the relationship of positive and negative numbers with their relationship to zero.
This lesson would integrate well with a geography unit.
Hook: Read and discuss the sample comic.
- Do you think there’s a relationship between temperature and elevation?
- What are some other ways negative and positive numbers can be used?
Have students choose a location around the world that meets one or both of the following criteria:
Elevations above and below sea level.
Experiences high and low temperatures that include negatives.
Have them research their chosen location in order to find specific positive and negative temperatures and/or elevations.
Using the sample comic as a guide, have students create a two-to-three-panel comic explaining the high and low temperatures and elevation above and/or below sea level.
Closure: Have students rotate around the room in a gallery walk to read each other’s comics. This will allow them to experience more negative numbers in context and learn about different places around the world.
Provide specific locations for students as needed.
Display student comic expectations.
- Comic to print or display: Comic.