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Resources for Teaching Integers

I was recently contacted about whether or not I had any resources for teaching about Integers.  Of course, my answer was a resounding, “yes!”  But I was actually a little embarrassed when I had to admit to the person that I had never taken the time to organize them all into one easy-to-find place on the Internet.  So, that’s what this post is all about.  I hope that you enjoy the resources that I’ve collected for teaching integers.

Card Games

  • Zero Sum Card Game – This is a card game in which students need to collect cards in order to reach the sum closest to zero.

Integer Bingo

  • Bingo Master Template – This is an easy to use Bingo Master Template in which all you have to do is enter the clues and the answers.  The only limitation I’ve found is that it only prints 25 cards.  So, if you have more than 25 students in your class, you’re going to have a problem.
  • EDU Bakery Bingo Cards – Here is a Bingo game that is ready to be printed out.  However, if you want to be able to edit the cards from what is on the website, you’ll have to pay the fee (except that there does appear to be a trial version available).
  • Commercialized Bingo Game – This wouldn’t be my first choice for a Bingo game, but I can understand why someone would want to just buy the Bingo game since you wouldn’t have to take the time to print out the Bingo cards and the game probably would be reusable well into the future.

Integer Relay Races

I’ve used the files below in the past as ‘relay races’ in class.  You simply cut the sheets into strips and then have the students compete against each other.  Most students really seem to enjoy this!

Other Games and Activities

  • Operation Integers – Maria Andersen has this ‘Operation Integers’ game over on her website in which seems to be a spin on a “target number” kind of game.
  • Integer 500 – This is an integer game that involves putting a spinner together and things like that and seems like it would be pretty cool if you ever decide to try it (I haven’t).
  • Integer Football – Apparently Integer Football is a popular integer game these days.  I haven’t tried this one, either.

Puzzles and Worksheets

  • Math OPS Worksheets – MathOPS has some free puzzles available that can be printed out where the answer to every puzzle is the name of a “Famous Old Guy” in history.
  • Integer Crossword Puzzle from NASA – I love taking advantage of all of the ‘Space Math’ resources over on the NASA website and this is just one of them that just happens to involve integer operations.

OK, well good luck teaching your students about integers!  🙂

By Jon Oaks

College Math Instructor. Tech Enthusiast. Visionary. Creative Genius. But above all, I enjoy what I do. That is why I am a teacher. Because I like to teach.

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