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ERIC Number: EJ1041903
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 11
ISSN: ISSN-1073-5836
Order and Value: Transitioning to Integers
Bofferding, Laura
Teaching Children Mathematics, v20 n9 p546-554 May 2014
As students progress from working with whole numbers to working with integers, they must wrestle with the big ideas of number values and order. Using objects to show positive quantities is easy, but no physical negative quantities exist. Therefore, when talking about integers, the author refers to number values instead of number quantities. The values and order of numbers are foundational concepts that students rely on for adding, subtracting, and reasoning about quantities. This article presents a glimpse into students' developing ideas about integers and activities that can foster their understanding. First graders restructure their ideas about foundational number concepts when they encounter negative integers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 1; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A