Lovey and Big Buddy are both working on recognizing teen numbers. To help them I made a simple DIY number line that has turned out to be a great tool.
The materials listed are for making one number line. But if you work with small groups of kids or in a classroom setting it may be handy to have multiple number lines to give each child an opportunity to work independently. Amazon links included for reference.
- Paint Stick-like these but also available (and likely free) at your local hardware store.
- Clothepins-we used eleven.
- Permanent marker (one or two colors)
Use the ruler to draw a straight line down the center of the paint stirrer. I did my best to evenly space the dots along the line. I chose to label the dots and numbers for the landmark numbers in a different color to give the kids a bit of help in ordering the numbers. You may want to list them all in one color depending on the child using the number line.
You might also use the numbers 0 to 10 if you are working on different skills.
Right now the kids are working together to identify and order the numbers along the number line.
As they place the clothespins on the number line they are also working those fine motor muscles.
We also play simple number games once they are done placing the numbers in order. For example, they might find the number that is 2 more than 11 or 1 less then 15.
In the classroom I would have loved to have a set of these for kids to use in small group or even whole group math activities. Kids could identify their answers on the number line so that I could check to see that everyone is engaged and monitor how everyone is doing.
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