This Instructional Activity is a part of the Lesson 6, Unit 7, Grade 6. Students may confuse absolute value with opposites, thinking that absolute value changes the sign of the number. Remind students that absolute value represents the distance of the number from 0 without worrying about the sign or direction. Use some concrete examples: in a board game, 3 moves forward and 3 moves backward both involve 3 jumps but you land in different places. Absolute value is just the amount involved, not including the sign.