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This activity provides two different learning task at differentiated levels. Task 1 is a word sort in which students sort words into two categories-words that mean above zero or move in a positive direction and words that mean below zero or in a negative direction.
Task 2 provides two levels. Circle cards are the easier problems and simply have students sort the cards into those which opposite quantities equal zero and those which do not. Square cards provide the more challenging problems. When working with these cards, students must students determine if the cards have a total of zero and, if not, they must calculate the answer to the problem.