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

About This Chapter

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)

About This Chapter

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

These tips are intended to help you use the materials with your current curriculum to help you meet the standards for the Common Core.

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.

11 Lessons in Chapter 2: Common Core Math Grade 6 - The Number System: Rational Numbers
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
How to Compare Integers

1. How to Compare Integers

In this lesson, you'll learn how numbers or integers compare to others integers. In no time, you will be able to easily and quickly determine whether one number is smaller than, larger than, or equal to another.

What Is a Number Line?

2. What Is a Number Line?

A number line is a visual representation of all real numbers. In this lesson, we'll learn how to identify points on a number line. We'll also practice addition and subtraction, letting the number line do all the hard work.

Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers

3. Comparing & Ordering Rational Numbers

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to look at any rational number and compare it with any other rational number. Learn what you need to do so that you know which number is greater or lesser than another.

Graphing Rational Numbers on a Number Line

4. Graphing Rational Numbers on a Number Line

Number lines have many uses both in mathematics and everyday life. This lesson will teach you how to graph numbers on a number line and give real-world examples of how to use number lines.

The Order of Real Numbers: Inequalities

5. The Order of Real Numbers: Inequalities

An inequality is an operation describing how one number can be compared to another. This lesson will describe and define inequalities and the symbols used to represent them. It will also give some examples on how to work with inequalities.

What is an Absolute Value?

6. What is an Absolute Value?

When we're talking and comparing numbers, we often don't care whether its positive or negative, just how big it is. This is often called the magnitude of a number and we find it by taking the absolute value. Learn all about it here!

Finding the Absolute Value of a Real Number

7. Finding the Absolute Value of a Real Number

You can find the absolute value of any real number. This lesson will define absolute value, explain what real numbers are and give the steps to finding the absolute value of any real number.

Finding the Absolute Value of a Rational Number

8. Finding the Absolute Value of a Rational Number

Watch this video lesson and you will learn how to deal with absolute values of simple numbers and more complex problems. Learn the order in which you should do calculations so that your answers are correct.

Plotting Points on the Coordinate Plane

9. Plotting Points on the Coordinate Plane

If you'll be working with a graph, otherwise known as the coordinate plane, it's essential to understand how it works. This includes learning the parts of a graph, identifying points and plotting points.

Ordered Pairs on the Coordinate Plane

10. Ordered Pairs on the Coordinate Plane

In this video lesson, you will see how points are plotted on the coordinate plane. Learn the proper way to identify points on the coordinate plane and how to read the points.

How to Find the Distance Between Two Points

11. How to Find the Distance Between Two Points

After watching this video lesson, you will be able to find the distance between any two points on the coordinate plane. Learn what information you and how to plug them in to your formula.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
Not Taken
Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
Not Taken

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? Study.com has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Other Chapters

Other chapters within the Common Core Math Grade 6 - The Number System: Standards course

Support