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Adding and Subtracting Integers using Zero Pairs

Videos, solutions, worksheets, stories and songs to help Grade 6 students learn how to add and subtract integers using zero pairs. This method involves canceling out positive and negative pairs and what is left would be the answer.

In these lessons, we will learn

  • what are zero pairs
  • how to add integers using zero pairs
  • how to subtract integers using zero pairs
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The following figure shows how to add integers using zero pairs. Scroll down the page for more examples and solutions.

Integers Zero Pairs

Zero Pair Integers
Zero pairs are defined, discussed and utilized in the introductory video on zero pairs.
-4 + 6
How to add and subtract Integers?
Using integer dots to demonstrate the adding of integers using zero pairs.
The positive dots and negative dots cancel to leave the answer.
6 + 2 =
-6 + (-2) =
6 + (-2) =
-6 + 2 =
-4 + -3 =
-2 + 5 =
-3 + 1 =
-2 + -2 =
-3 + 3 =

How to add Integers using the number line and zero pairs?
-5 + 3
3 + (-6)
-2 + (-4)
How to subtract positive and negative integers through the use of Red (negative) and Black (positive) tiles?
We introduce the concept of zero-pairs in this video lesson.
(-2) - 3
Understanding zero pairs
Zero pairs used in adding and subtracting integers
3 + (-2)
3 - (-2)
5 - (-4)
-3 - 2
Learn how to add and subtract integers using integer tiles and zero pairs
-5 + 3
-3 - 4
1 - 3

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