Students often learn about absolute value by using the notation and being told to drop the sign. Here, have your students learn about integers and absolute value using the concepts of direction and distance. When a student writes an integer using direction, he/she begins to understand opposites and how the signs affect the direction. Students will be immediately asked to determine the absolute value of each integer in order to determine the distance they are from a target. The connection solidifies the differences in the two concepts and students have a real understanding of absolute value beyond the "drop the sign" technique which has no real meaning.
There are 3 pages. You can use the first as a lesson intro to go with your lesson introducing integers and absolute value. Worksheets follow to check for understanding. Answers are provided. Any feedback on the class successes are welcome! This is also available on Smart Notebook. I price my items low because I'd rather see 100 of these activities used at a low price than 20 used at a higher price. We already spend alot on our students. It's about the students and getting them activities that make the most connection and create understanding of the material at hand so we can move on to the next!!