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Absolute Value Task Cards

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 1 page | Grades: 6

Solve absolute value practice problems with this set of 24 task cards.

Absolute Value Practice Problems

Have your students been practicing absolute value problems in math class? Do they know how to solve different problem types? Look no further if you are looking for a resource that covers this 6th grade math topic! Teach Starter has you covered with a set of 24 task cards covering absolute value.

Students will practice answering problems that involve:

  • Finding the absolute value of a given number
  • Finding missing numbers to make an equation true
  • Finding all the numbers with a given absolute value
  • Comparing absolute values

To use, students will solve each absolute value problem and write the correct answer on their recording sheet.

Through this activity, students will show they understand the absolute value of a rational number as its distance from 0 on the number line.

Tips for Differentiation + Scaffolding 

A team of dedicated, experienced educators created this resource to support your math lessons.

In addition to individual student work time, use these absolute value task cards to enhance learning through guided math groups, whole class lessons, or remote learning assignments. 

If you have a mixture of above and below-level learners, check out these suggestions for keeping students on track with the concepts: 

🆘 Support Struggling Students

Help students who need support by completing these task cards in a 1-on-1 or small group setting. Additionally, students can refer to previous assignments, posters, or anchor charts while completing this activity.

➕ Challenge Fast Finishers

For students who need a bit of a challenge, encourage them to create a table showing a number, its absolute value, and the opposite of the number.

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Assign students or pairs to a starting point card. Give students time to review the card and record their answer in the corresponding space on their paper. Students will rotate to the next card when you say, “SCOOT!” Continue in this manner until students return to their starting point. 

👋 Exit Ticket 

Use these cards as a formative assessment after your lesson. Pick a random assortment of cards and project them on the board for the whole class to see. Students can record their answers on a sheet of paper, sticky note, or their notebook. 

Plan lessons for all ability levels with our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

To keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks, punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

Sustainability Tip: Print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a whiteboard marker, then erase and reuse them.  

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Absolute Value & Opposites – Color by Number Worksheet

Practice finding the absolute value and opposite of a number with this color by number worksheet.

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