Math Integers: Give Me a Clue

TITLE: Math Integers

GRADE: 6 – 8

MATERIALS/TIME REQUIRED:  Prepared clue cards – make your own or contact us for prepared examples.  20 minutes

PROVIDE FOR INCLUSION – A You Question, Energizer, or Linking Strategy:


Content Standard: Develop meaning for integers and represent and compare quantities with them.

Collaborative: Solve problems, participate fully, work on tasks together

Personal: Practice cooperation and tolerance

IDENTIFY THE STRATEGY: Give Me a Clue – contact us for prepared expamples.  p.255 Tribes… p. 276 Discovering Gifts… p. 358 Engaging All…High School…

Students use clues to determine the integer, or sum or difference or product or dividend…

Use the prepared materials (contact us) or prepare you own (clues can even be orally given); then have students develop their own and exchange between partners.


Content: What is most confusing about integers?

How does a number line help decipher the clues? What do you know now that you didn’t know before? Which was easier, solving the clues or making your own? Why?

Collaborative: What role did you play in your group?

Personal: What was your level of participation?

PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR APPRECIATION: Invite statements among pairs or groups

AUTHENTIC ASSESSMENT: Students develop own clues and solve one another’s. Have each pair hand in their best effort. (Give extra credit points for any student who can stump the teacher?)


· Group Development Process

►Cognitive Theory

· Multiple Intelligences

►Cooperative Learning


· Reflective Practice

· Authentic Assessment


1. Use problems or equations and develop clues.

2. Have students, in pairs or groups develop clues in a “round table”, each simultaneously developing a following clue that makes sense, or use a “placemat” design where each student write a set of clues and the “placemat” rotates so that each in the group can assess and solve. (Grade 6 and higher)

3. Use only numbers for clues. (Example: Instead of ‘greater than 76’, write >76 – or instead of ‘greater than 76, write >(4×19)