Ordering integers isn't the funnest thing for students, so you can make it fun by letting students get active and forming a human number line!
Directions for the teacher: Cut out the integer cards, and randomly distribute them to your students.
Directions for the students: Look at your card, and decide where it belongs on the number line. Is it positive or negative? Would you move to the left or to the right? How many steps is it from zero? Without any speaking, assemble yourselves into a ‘living’ number line. Your goal is to complete task correctly in as little time as possible. Good luck!
If time allows, we will collect the cards, redistribute them, and repeat activity to see if you can set a new class record! I have also included ideas for generating "math talk" conversations and ideas for extensions at the end.
You will receive 27 integer cards that you can quickly print and cut, answer key to use as a reference, and a set of directions. Your students will love it!
For another set of 27 cards, check out the Rational Number Human Number Line activity, found at this link
You may also want to check out the bestselling Integer and Rational Number Combo Pack
with 6 fun ways to introduce your students to both sides of the number line. Enjoy!