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Year 5

Interpret numbers greater than and less than zero in different contexts

I can interpret numbers greater than and less than zero in different contexts.

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Year 5

Interpret numbers greater than and less than zero in different contexts

I can interpret numbers greater than and less than zero in different contexts.

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Lesson details

Key learning points

  1. Negative numbers are below zero and are less than zero
  2. Positive numbers are above zero and are greater than zero

Common misconception

Pupils may struggle to recognise that numbers exist to the left of zero.

Expose pupils to images in familiar contexts showing negative numbers. Take lots of opportunities to count bridging zero.

Keywords

  • Temperature - Temperature is how hot or cold something is and generally in the UK is measured using the Celsius scale.

  • Positive - Numbers greater than zero.

  • Negative - Numbers less than zero.

Number lines showing positive and negative values, ideally horizontal and vertical, should be prominently displayed in the classroom throughout this unit so that pupils can see that values exist before zero.
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6 Questions

Q1.
Match the car colours to their current position
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer:yellow,second

second

Correct Answer:red,first

first

Correct Answer:blue,third

third

Q2.
Which of the following would result in a positive change?
Correct answer: Jun put seven marbles in a bag and Sofia took five marbles out.
Jun put five marbles in a bag and Sofia took seven marbles out.
Jun put no marbles in a bag and Sofia took four marbles out.
Correct answer: Jun put four marbles in a bag and Sofia took no marbles out.
Jun put no marbles in a bag and Sofia took no marbles out.
Q3.
Which of the following would result in a negative overall change?
Correct answer: Jun put five marbles in a bag and Sofia took ten marbles out.
Jun put ten marbles in a bag and Sofia took five marbles out.
Correct answer: Jun put one marble in a bag and Sofia took two marbles out.
Jun put one marble in a bag and Sofia took no marbles out.
Correct answer: Jun put no marbles in a bag and Sofia took one marble out.
Q4.
Three people got on a bus. At the next stop, seven people got off the bus. Which of these equations correctly describes this scenario?
7 − 3 = −4
Correct answer: 3 − 7 = −4
7 − 3 = 4
7 − 4 = 3
3 + 7 = 10
Q5.
17 is the whole. 4 is one part. What is the other part?
Correct Answer: 13, 13.0, 13., thirteen, Thirteen
Q6.
Match the word with the correct definition.
Correct Answer:above,at a higher level

at a higher level

Correct Answer:below,at a lower level

at a lower level

Correct Answer:zero,shows that there is no amount

shows that there is no amount

Correct Answer:greater than,one quantity is worth more than another

one quantity is worth more than another

Correct Answer:less than,one quantity is not worth as much as another

one quantity is not worth as much as another

6 Questions

Q1.
Match the keyword with the definition.
Correct Answer:temperature,how hot or cold something is

how hot or cold something is

Correct Answer:positive,numbers greater than zero

numbers greater than zero

Correct Answer:negative,numbers less than zero

numbers less than zero

Q2.
Match the location to the temperature description.
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer:Birmingham,above zero

above zero

Correct Answer:Swansea,at zero

at zero

Correct Answer:Edinburgh,below zero

below zero

Q3.
Select all of the options which describe the temperature in Edinburgh.
An image in a quiz
Positive
Above zero
Correct answer: Negative
Correct answer: Below zero
Correct answer: Less than zero
Q4.
Match the letters to their description.
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer:a,positive

positive

Correct Answer:b,zero

zero

Correct Answer:c,negative

negative

Q5.
Match the letters to their description.
An image in a quiz
Correct Answer:a,greater than zero

greater than zero

Correct Answer:b,zero

zero

Correct Answer:c,less than zero

less than zero

Q6.
Order these floors of a building from highest to lowest.
1 - fifth floor
2 - first floor
3 - ground floor
4 - first basement
5 - second basement