Understand that positive and negative numbers are used together to describe quantities having opposite directions or values (e.g., temperature above/below zero, elevation above/below sea level, credits/debits, positive/negative electric charge); use positive and negative numbers to represent quantities in real-world contexts, explaining the meaning of 0 in each situation.
Subject Area: Mathematics
Grade: 6
Domain-Subdomain: The Number System
Cluster: Level 2: Basic Application of Skills & Concepts
Cluster: Apply and extend previous understandings of numbers to the system of rational numbers. (Major Cluster) -

Clusters should not be sorted from Major to Supporting and then taught in that order. To do so would strip the coherence of the mathematical ideas and miss the opportunity to enhance the major work of the grade with the supporting clusters.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/14
Date of Last Rating: 02/14
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes


  • Item Type(s): This benchmark may be assessed using: MC , MS item(s)

  • Assessment Limits :
    Items should not require the student to perform an operation.
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  • Test Item #: Sample Item 1
  • Question: Chicago, Illinois has an elevation of 600 feet above sea level. The elevation of Desert Shores, California is −200 feet. 

    Select all the true statements. 


  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MS: Multiselect

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 2
  • Question: Desert Shores, California is located at an elevation that is below sea level. 

    What is a possible elevation of Desert Shores, California? 


  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MC: Multiple Choice

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 3
  • Question: Chicago, Illinois, has an elevation of 600 feet above sea level. The elevation of Desert Shores, California, is 800 feet less than the elevation of Chicago. 

    Select all options that apply to Desert Shores. 


  • Difficulty: N/A
  • Type: MS: Multiselect