Here is a Jamboard to introduce the concept of absolute value (make a copy and you can edit – see photo at bottom of this post).

Start with prior knowledge of **how many houses a child is from home**. Emphasize that the number of houses is positive.

Change the setting from a row of houses to the number line and refer to the **distance from home**.

Change from distance to absolute value and emphasize that the symbol indicate **distance from home** and is called *absolute value*.

The house is removed and introduce the concept of **the distance from 0**.

Finally, convert from boys to the numbers and **the distance from 0** for a number. Emphasize that the distance is positive, even for negative numbers.

To make a copy of the Jamboard.