# Ch 2: Common Core Math Grade 6 - The Number System: Rational Numbers

The tools in this chapter on rational numbers can help your sixth grade students meet the Common Core requirements in math. Use these video lessons and practice questions to get your students up to speed on the number system.

Standard: 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. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.5)

Standard: 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. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6)

Standard: Recognize opposite signs of numbers as indicating locations on opposite sides of 0 on the number line; recognize that the opposite of the opposite of a number is the number itself, e.g., -(-3) = 3, and that 0 is its own opposite. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6.A)

Standard: Understand signs of numbers in ordered pairs as indicating locations in quadrants of the coordinate plane; recognize that when two ordered pairs differ only by signs, the locations of the points are related by reflections across one or both axes. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6.B)

Standard: Find and position integers and other rational numbers on a horizontal or vertical number line diagram; find and position pairs of integers and other rational numbers on a coordinate plane. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.6.C)

Standard: Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7)

Standard: Interpret statements of inequality as statements about the relative position of two numbers on a number line diagram. For example, interpret -3 > -7 as a statement that -3 is located to the right of -7 on a number line oriented from left to right. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7.A)

Standard: Write, interpret, and explain statements of order for rational numbers in real-world contexts. For example, write -3 oC > -7 oC to express the fact that -3 oC is warmer than -7 oC. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7.B)

Standard: Understand the absolute value of a rational number as its distance from 0 on the number line; interpret absolute value as magnitude for a positive or negative quantity in a real-world situation. For example, for an account balance of -30 dollars, write |-30| = 30 to describe the size of the debt in dollars. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7.C)

Standard: Distinguish comparisons of absolute value from statements about order. For example, recognize that an account balance less than -30 dollars represents a debt greater than 30 dollars. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.7.D)

Standard: Solve real-world and mathematical problems by graphing points in all four quadrants of the coordinate plane. Include use of coordinates and absolute value to find distances between points with the same first coordinate or the same second coordinate. (CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.6.NS.C.8)

Sixth graders who have mastered these Common Core standards should be able to apply their knowledge of numbers to the system of rational number. They understand how positive and negative numbers are used to describe quantities with opposing values or directions. Students should also understand rational numbers as points on a number line and the absolute value of rational numbers. Use the video lessons in this chapter to help students learn about the following:

• Comparing integers
• Number lines
• Ordering and comparing rational numbers
• Inequalities
• Absolute values
• Plotting points and ordered pairs on the coordinate plane
• Finding the distance between two points

You'll know when your students have mastered these standards when they can use positive and negative numbers in real-world contexts, plot rational numbers and opposites of numbers on a number line, write and interpret statements of inequality and order and graph points on the coordinate plan to solve word problems.

### How to Use These Lessons in Your Classroom

#### Create a Human Number Line

Show students the lesson 'Graphing Rational Numbers on a Number Line'. Using chalk or masking tape, create a number line on the floor. Ask students questions that will require a number for an answer, then have students plot themselves on the number line according to their answer. For example, how many pets do you have or how many different colors are you wearing?

#### Plot Rational Numbers on a Number Line to Find the Absolute Value

Watch the lessons on number lines and finding the absolute values of rational numbers. Create a worksheet on rational numbers. Give students rational numbers written in the form of a number of people sharing an item, such as a family of eight people sharing two pizzas for dinner. Ask students to find the rational number in the sentence, then convert it to a decimal that can be plotted on a number line. Have students draw the number line and plot their number, then use it to find the absolute value of the number.

#### Use Quiz Questions to Create Assignments

Supplement homework or quizzes with the practice problems found in the lesson quizzes. Use the practice questions to round out your assignments or as a template for creating new questions.

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