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These lessons, with videos, examples and solutions, help Grade 6 students learn the rules for adding integers. In this lesson, we will learn some songs and rap that will help us remember the rules for adding integers.

The following diagrams show the integer rules for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division. Scroll down the page for songs, examples, and solutions.

**Integer Rules Rap**

**Integer Rules Song (Add, Subtract, Multiply, Divide)**

We can sing the following to the tune “Mary had a little lamb”

Lyrics:

Adding integers with like sign

Add them together, give them that sign

Adding integers with different sign

Subtract them and give them the largest number sign

Subtracting integers is so fine

Add the opposite every time

Now just follow the addition rules

For adding like signs or different signs

To multiply or divide

All you have to do is look at their signs

When both have the same sign

Your answer is positive

Different signs - your answer is negative

**Integer Addition and Subtraction Music Video**

Lyrics:

Same signs add

Different signs subtract

If the same

keep the same

If different

sign of larger

**Adding and Subtracting Integer Rules Song**

We can sing the following to the tune “row row row your boat”

Lyrics:

Same sign keep and add,

Different signs subtract,

Keep the sign of the bigger number,

Then, you’ll will be exact.

**Adding and Subtracting Integers Blues Song**

Lyrics:

I never been so mad before.

Come to find out I can’t add no more.

When positives and negatives are in my sight,

boom boom, out go the lights.

It used to be that I could add with flair,

5 + 2 I could add without care,

but now that it’s five + negative 2

Boom Boom, I don’t know what to do.

Adding Integers is like watching a war.

The side that’s gonna win is the side with more.

So if five is there add -2 comes by,

boom boom - a bunch are gonna die.

No kidding - they’re ready to fight,

ain’t no need to call CSI, -8 + 3,

boom boom, crash

What if -5 walks through the best buy doors and runs into a negative four

They are both on the same force so no boom - just shopping galore.

**Multiply Integers Song**

Lyrics:

when the good guys win thats good

and when the good guys lose thats bad

and when the bad guys win that’s also bad

but when the bad guys lose hey that’s good

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