# Rational Numbers: Adding

### Students will learn how to add rational numbers.

### Objectives:

• Students will review rules of adding decimals.

• Students will review the rules of adding fractions.

• Students will review the rules of adding positive and negative numbers.

• Students will review the rules of adding mixed numbers.

• Students will learn how to add rational decimals.

• Students will learn how to add rational fractions and mixed numbers.

• Students will practice these skills.

### Suggested Grades:

Sixth Grade - Seventh Grade - Eighth Grade - Ninth Grade - including special education students

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### Lesson Excerpt:

II. Adding Rational Numbers

- "Today we are going to learn about adding rational numbers. Since rational numbers can also be negative, let's take a minute and review a little bit about the rules of adding negative numbers."

- "Remember, when we are adding and subtracting negative numbers, we are talking about losses and gains. This isn't going to change with rational numbers. If you have a loss and you add a gain, then you are finding the difference between the two. A loss and a loss equals more loss. And a gain and a gain equals more gains."

- "Let's start with an example to talk through this."

- On Board: -6 + 8 = ____

- "Alright, if I talk through this problem, I can say that I have a loss of 6 and a gain of 8. In this case, I am going to find the difference between the two. A loss of 6 would start me at negative 6, but then I gained a positive 8, so I am going to move toward the positive and end up at positive 2. This is an example of adding rational numbers."

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