Negative Numbers Worksheets

About These 15 Worksheets

Imagine you have a line, and right in the middle of that line is a zero. To the right of that zero, you might have numbers like 1, 2, 3, and so on. These are positive numbers. But what if you look to the left of zero? You’ll find numbers like -1, -2, -3, and these are called negative numbers. They’re just like regular numbers but have a little minus (-) sign in front of them.

The goal of these worksheets is to help students get comfortable with using negative numbers in their everyday calculations. By solving various problems involving negative numbers, students can solidify their grasp of the concept and gain confidence in working with them.

Negative numbers worksheets help students develop essential mathematical skills, such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division involving negative numbers. These skills are not only important for understanding negative numbers but also for more advanced math topics.

Negative numbers are used in real-life situations, such as temperature, finances, and altitude. Worksheets featuring practical scenarios involving negative numbers help students connect the concept to everyday experiences, making the learning process more engaging and relatable.

Different Exercises on These Worksheets

Identification – You might see a list of numbers, both positive and negative, and your task will be to circle or highlight all the negative ones.

Number Line Practice – Picture a line with numbers on it. Some questions will ask you to place or identify negative numbers on that line.

Comparing Numbers – Which one is bigger – -3 or -5? Questions like these will help you see which negative numbers are larger or smaller than others.

Operations and Real-Life Situations – Just like with positive numbers, you can add or subtract negative numbers. For example, what do you get when you add -2 and -3 together? Worksheets will have these kinds of problems for you to solve. These are little stories or situations where you might have to use negative numbers to find an answer. Like, if it’s -5 degrees today and it gets 3 degrees colder tomorrow, what will the temperature be?

Explaining Negative Numbers to Kids

Explaining the concept of negative numbers to kids can be done in a simple and relatable way. Imagine you have a number line, like a ladder that goes both up and down. Normally, we use numbers to go up the ladder. But sometimes, we need to go down the ladder too, and that’s where negative numbers come in. Negative numbers are like the steps below the ground level. Just like we count steps upwards, we can count steps downwards with negative numbers.

For example, if we start at 0 on the ladder, going up would be 1, 2, 3, and so on. But if we want to go down, we use negative numbers. So, the steps below 0 are -1, -2, -3, and so on. Imagine you have some apples. If you start with 3 apples and someone takes away 4 apples, you will have -1 apple, which means you owe one apple. Negative numbers help us keep track of things like owing or going below a starting point.

Think of it as a way to understand not just what’s above the ground, but also what’s below it. So, just like you can climb up the ladder and go down the ladder, you can use positive numbers to go up and negative numbers to go down on the number line. It might seem a bit tricky at first, but with practice, you’ll get the hang of it and be able to use negative numbers like a pro!

Example Problems

1. Adding Negative Numbers – Solve the following addition problem – (-8) + (-5).

To add negative numbers, you can treat it like regular addition and pay attention to the signs. In this case, you’re adding two negative numbers, which will result in a more negative number.

(-8) + (-5) = -13

2. Subtracting Negative Numbers – Calculate the value of – 10 – (-3).

Subtracting a negative number is the same as adding its positive counterpart. So, you can rewrite the problem as – 10 + 3.

10 + 3 = 13

3. Multiplying Negative and Positive Numbers – Find the product of – (-4) × 6.

When multiplying a negative number by a positive number, the result is negative.

(-4) × 6 = -24

These examples showcase different operations involving negative numbers – addition, subtraction, and multiplication. Understanding the rules for each operation and the implications of negative numbers’ signs is key to correctly solving these types of problems.