Knowing when to apply absolute value is an important skill to develop! In my classroom, I constantly talk to my students about making their math solving process more efficient after we've explored a topic. Graphing two points to find the distance between them is a strategy, but it's not the most efficient strategy. Students need to move beyond graphing everything and be able to calculate the distance between two points (who share an x OR y coordinate) without graphing. Sometimes, this requires the use of absolute value. These 16 task cards give your students an opportunity to do just that!
There are 12 task cards that give two coordinates and ask students to find the distance between them. 4 task cards give students one ordered pair and tell the student that another point is placed in another location. For example, the original point is (-3, 5), and there is a second point placed 7 units to the right. What are the coordinates of the second point?
A student response sheet and answer key are both included. Use these products to create a more active approach to learning. I use task cards with cooperative learning models, small group instruction, whole group instruction, centers, reteach groups, resource groups, review groups, and much more! Just print, laminate and cut, and you'll find a wide variety of uses with these handy cards! I'd love to hear how you use this in your classroom!
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