Is there an upside to negative feelings?

Happiness, and the lack thereof, is on the mind of every student in our classroom. As a result, students often have strong opinions about happiness, sadness, and the space between. Do bad days make good days feel better? Is it better to have a steady, small level of happiness, or to swing wildly from elation to misery and back?

In this lesson, students use integers to compare good and bad days and use absolute value to explore what happens when we reinterpret negative moments in a more positive light.

- Analyze a set of graphs representing the happiness levels of two students over the course of a week
- Add integers to find total happiness levels for each student
- Subtract integers to find the change in happiness from one day to the next
- Use absolute value to determine how a negative experience might be re-interpreted as positive
- Present a graphical representation of an ideal week

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