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From: Amy To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2003050813:41:16 Subject: Only adding... This might be an odd concept to follow, but I think of integers this way: There really is no subtraction, only addition. If you can add, you can do all integer problems. Ex. 44 = 4+4 44 = 4+4 44 = 4+4 If kids can see how to change all problems into addition, integers become much easier. Also, explain them in terms of money: "If I owe Jim $4 (4) and I owe Sue $5 (5) how much do I owe? $9 Well, owe is a negative thing so you are at 9. I didn't write this very well, but my class really seems to get it this way.
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