Rate It: Working With Zero and Negative Numbers

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In this activity, learners will rate the day, a book, or something else on a scale from -2 to 2. This activity works well for groups of all ages. Start out by choosing something the group will rate, such as the weather or how the day is going so far. Make sure to explain the scale, including what negative numbers and 0 mean. Then, everyone takes turns giving their ratings and explaining their thinking. Includes variations that involve arts and crafts and physical activity. [Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Type:



  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
      • Data Representation
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
    • Representation


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Mixing in Math


  • , © 2010, TERC, Inc., MA., 2010

Funding Source:

  • NSF, ESI-0406675 and DRL-0713537