Positive and Negative Numbers:

Students will learn how to divide positive and negative numbers, and how to solve problems when more than one operation is present. Includes printable teaching lesson worksheet.



• Students will learn the rules for dividing positive and negative numbers.

• Students will practice dividing positive and negative numbers.

• Students will review the Order of Operations

• Students will solve problems using the Order of Operations.


Suggested Grades:

Fifth Grade - Sixth Grade - Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade - Modify for special education students with calculators and extra review

Lesson Procedure:

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Lesson Excerpt:

"Today we are going to learn about dividing positive and negative numbers."

First, can someone tell me what the word "division" means?

Take student answers and write them on the board. You are looking for students to talk about "splitting up". Some students may use the word "divide".

"Good, so division is about splitting things up. Now what is division the opposite of?"


"Multiplication is about groups of things. So, you could say that division is about splitting up or dividing groups of things. When we are working with positive and negative numbers, division is still about splitting up groups of things. If you have 42/6, it is about 42 things being split up into 6 groups. When you solve this, then there are 7 items in each group.

The big difference with division of positive and negative numbers is that there are rules.



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