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# Algorithms for Subtracting Integers

Lesson 10 of 27

## Objective: SWBAT subtract integers using the additive inverse or their own algorithms

## Big Idea: Students use the additive inverse to subtract integers and then develop some of their own algorithms.

*50 minutes*

#### Introduction

*10 min*

I'll begin the introduction by asking the essential question: "How can we subtract integers using a procedure?". I want students to consider a difference like -857 - 457 and ask why it would be helpful to have a procedure. I will lead students to the answer that a procedure is more efficient than modeling.

Next, we will reflect on two essential questions from previous lessons. I will most likely present these questions one at a time using a **turn and talk**. I will listen to responses from each group. As usual, I will be looking for precise language (**MP6**) in all responses. If a response is not clear, I may ask another student "How could you add to or refine that statement?". This reflection will serve two purposes: 1) It will allow students to have a way to make sure theirsubtraction answers make sense; 2) It will lead them to seeing how using addition is a useful way to solve integer subtraction problems. In fact, we will conclude the reflection by writing "To subtract an integer, add its opposite". Students will then solve 12 subtraction problems using equivalent addition.

As students work, I will be looking for a sum being written and a correct solution. If I see an error, I will ask students to verify an answer using a counter model or number line model.

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#### Problem Solving

*15 min*

Using the additive inverse for subtraction is useful, it is not the only method. The problem solving section is to help students develop other ways to subtract two integers with the same sign. It is an exercise in **MP2**, **MP7**, and **MP8** among others. For each set, students reason about the relationship of the quantities in a difference and look at these structures to find an efficient algorithm.

Students work with their partner(s) to answer questions about 3 different categories of differences. To help with pacing, we will focus on 1 group at a time followed by a brief discussion. Each group should take about 5 minutes including the discussion. Students should be encouraged to find 2 things in common for the first question of each group. This is to lead students to see the signs of the values and the relationship between the values.

After group A, I hope students can see that the difference of a less positive and a greater positive is the opposite of the difference of the greater positive and the negative positive. In other words 3-5 is like 5-3 only the opposite.

After group B, I hope students can see that subtracting two negatives is similar to subtracting two positives. So -5 - (-3) = -2 and -3 - (-5) = +2. The latter example is similar to group A.

Group C, becomes very apparent when using a counter model. When subtracting a lesser negative by a greater negative, just remove the greater amount of negatives. -5 - (-3) means remove 3 negatives for a difference of -2.

If time permits, I will post two more groups. Group D would be differences of a different sign where the minuend is positive [ 5 - (-3) ] and group E would be differences of a different sign where the minuend is negative [ -5 - 3]. Students may conclude that you can add the absolute values of the two numbers and keep the sign of the minuend.

What I enjoy about this section is that students see that there are other methods for subtracting integers and that some of these may be easier for them. These are useful for mental math and making sense of quantities.

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The purpose of this section of the lesson is for students to individually practice their fluency with subtracting integers. They may use whatever method makes the most sense to them. There are only 10 problems, so I will set a timer for about 5 minutes. We can then quickly review the answers as needed. If only a few students are struggling with these 10 questions, I may send them off to work with a teacher assistant (if I have access to one!) while the rest of the class moves onto the extension.

There should be plenty of time for students to work on the extension. Problems 11-13 ask students to find values to equal a difference of either -1 or +1. Students must make sense of the problem (**MP1**) and reason abstractly and quantitatively (**MP2**) to solve these three problems. These problems will show who really understands how different quantities affect the difference of integers.

The last 4 problems present statements that students must label ALWAYS TRUE, SOMETIMES TRUE, or NEVER TRUE. An explanation is required to justify their answer (**MP3**). This explanation could be framed around any essential question that we have answered so far in the unit along with an example.

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#### Exit Ticket

*5 min*

The exit ticket assesses the main purpose of the lesson - to see if students can efficiently subtract integers. While students have seen more cognitively challenging questions in the problem solving and extension section of this lesson, the main point of the lesson is to teach students to efficiently subtract integers. I have presented the various combination of subtracting problems in the first 4 problems. The last problem is a difference of 3 values.

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Great lesson, thanks for sharing. Gives kids a different way to THINK about subtracting integers.

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- LESSON 1: Fractions as Quotients - Using Long Division to Convert a Fraction to a Decimal
- LESSON 2: Finding the Distance Between Integers On a Number Line
- LESSON 3: Where Do We Go From Here? Adding Integers on the Number Line
- LESSON 4: What is the Sign of the Sum?
- LESSON 5: Algorithms for Adding Integers
- LESSON 6: How Addition and Subtraction are Related (Part 1 of 3)
- LESSON 7: Subtracting for More or Less. Subtracting Integers on a Number Line
- LESSON 8: How Addition and Subtraction are Related (Part 2 of 3)
- LESSON 9: How Addition and Subtraction are Related (Part 3 of 3)
- LESSON 10: Algorithms for Subtracting Integers
- LESSON 11: Assessment - Fluency and Concepts of Integer Sums and Differences
- LESSON 12: Integer Product Signs - Using Counters to Discover Signs of Products
- LESSON 13: Integer Quotients
- LESSON 14: Expand Expressions Using the Distributive Property
- LESSON 15: Integers Assessment
- LESSON 16: Finding the Distance Between Signed Decimals on a Number Line
- LESSON 17: Adding and Subtracting Positive and Negative Decimals on a Numberline
- LESSON 18: Adding and Subtracting Signed Decimals Using a Procedure
- LESSON 19: Multiplying Signed Decimals
- LESSON 20: Dividing Signed Decimals
- LESSON 21: Finding the Distance Between Signed Fractions on a Number Line
- LESSON 22: Adding and Subtracting Positive and Negative Fractions on a Numberline
- LESSON 23: Adding and Subtracting Positive and Negative Fractions Using Counters
- LESSON 24: Adding and Subtracting Signed Fractions Using a Procedure
- LESSON 25: Multiplying Signed Fractions
- LESSON 26: Dividing Signed Fractions
- LESSON 27: Rational Numbers Operations - Final Unit Assessment