Understand ordering and absolute value of rational numbers.
  1. Interpret statements of inequality as statements about the relative position of two numbers on a number line diagram. For example, interpret -3 > -7 as a statement that -3 is located to the right of -7 on a number line oriented from left to right.

  2. Write, interpret, and explain statements of order for rational numbers in real-world contexts. For example, write -3 oC > -7 oC to express the fact that -3 oC is warmer than -7 oC.

  3. Understand the absolute value of a rational number as its distance from 0 on the number line; interpret absolute value as magnitude for a positive or negative quantity in a real-world situation. For example, for an account balance of -30 dollars, write |-30| = 30 to describe the size of the debt in dollars.

  4. Distinguish comparisons of absolute value from statements about order. For example, recognize that an account balance less than -30 dollars represents a debt greater than 30 dollars.
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


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  • Test Item #: Sample Item 2
  • Question:

    The elevations of several cities are shown.

    Select which city has the greatest elevation and which city is farthest from sea level.



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  • Type: MI: Matching Item

  • Test Item #: Sample Item 3
  • Question:

    Chicago has a temperature of begin mathsize 12px style negative 10 end style degrees Fahrenheit (ºF). It is colder in Minneapolis than in Chicago.

    Select all the values that could represent the temperature of Minneapolis.


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  • Type: MS: Multiselect