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From: Belinda Aguilar <uteach426@yahoo.com>
To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion
Date: 2005090100:14:06
Subject: Integer Chips

I just read this activity in a Math book for a team of two students.  

Each team has 10 two colored chips (red/yellow).  One student takes
the chips and drops them on their desk, he/she adds the color chips
according to how they land.  EX. 3 red and 7 yellow.  They add
-3(red)+ 7(yellow), and he/she receives that score and record it on
their paper.  The next student does the same thing and they continue
until they have 10 scores.  At the end of the 10 trials, they take the
sum of their 10 trials.  The winner is the one with the highest score.

Another culminating activity for all operations of the integers is
assigning integers to the letters of the alphabet and having students
add, subtract & multiply the values of the letters in their name.  You
can extend to just first name, last name or both.  I have also used it
as a bulletin board also.  Hope this helps.  

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