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Is there an upside to having a bad day? From TV ads to social media, we’re constantly told that if we’re not always happy, we must be doing something wrong.

In this lesson, students use positive integers, negative integers, and absolute value to describe the emotions of a day and discuss the important role that different emotions play in our lives.

Students will

  • Interpret and analyze graphs
  • Find differences between integers (both positive and negative)
  • Describe the magnitude of positive and negative integers using absolute value

Before you begin

Students should be familiar with the coordinate plane. They do not need prior experience calculating the difference between positive and negative integers nor calculating absolute value.

Common Core Standards

Content Standards
Mathematical Practices