## How do you explain negative numbers to students?

To help my students understand better, I tell them to think of negative numbers this way:

- The negative sign tells you how far away the number is from the zero.
- So -3 means you are 3 steps away from 0 and -5 means you are 5 steps away from zero.
- Therefore, -5 is smaller than -3 because you are further away from zero.

**Where can you find positive and negative numbers in the real world?**

Temperatures. A great place to see positive and negative numbers in real life is on a thermometer. In Fahrenheit, 32 degrees is freezing, but negative numbers are even colder. This thermometer shows positive and negative numbers as they relate to zero.

### How do you write a negative number in words?

Negative numbers: All negative numbers should use numerals (such as “−6”). Use the “minus sign” symbol (−) instead of the hyphen (-). In Microsoft Word, the minus sign can be found in the Symbol dialog box (Insert > Symbol) in the subset Mathematical Operators.

**Where do you see negative numbers in everyday life?**

Negative numbers are commonly used in describing below freezing point temperature, credit of money, elevation below sea level, elevator level when it is below the ground level, negative scoring in exams, as a penalty in quizzes/games, etc.

#### What are some examples of negative numbers in real life?

You read about negative numbers in weather reports and on food packaging. The temperature -5°C is ‘negative five degrees’ and it means 5 degrees below zero. Read more about negative numbers on food packaging in the factsheet Storing frozen food. In this example building, -2 is the second floor underground.

**What is the rule for adding negative numbers?**

Addition: Different Signs, Subtract the Numbers If you’re adding positive and negative numbers together, subtract the smaller number from the larger one and use the sign from the larger number. For example: 6 + (-5) = 1. -17 + 22 = 5.

## Can you answer word problems involving negative numbers?

LO: I can answer word problems involving negative numbers. Differentiated negative number word problems and answers for year 6 Report this resource to let us know if it violates our terms and conditions. Our customer service team will review your report and will be in touch.

**How can I help my child understand negative numbers?**

A great way to help children understand negative numbers is by using real-life word problems to allow them to adjust to the concept. Children can use the clues provided in the word problem to be able to identify which kind of maths equation is applicable in order to work out the negative number. Great for KS2 children!

### Why is there a number line under each question?

Underneath each question, a number line is included so children can use it to interpret the negative number word problem. To make your life easier as the marker, answers are included! The temperature at 6 pm is 8 degrees celsius.