So what.......... now?
My first question is what do I call it- a number line or counting line? I Goggled counting line and counting paths, I didn't get much, just tallies and things to count. It's like borrowing in subtraction. The correct term is regrouping. But if you call it that most parents don't know what you're talking about. I don't want to get too technical and confuse my little ones. So for now it's a number line.
My next question is how can I use the number line as a more effective math tool?
I loved the quote in an article by Kathy Jones that said, "the more linear a child's mental number line becomes with time, the better he or she is at remembering numbers." Isn't that the main focus in first grade- remembering numbers aka NUMBER sense?
I like to start off with a very concrete number line.
I have one of these and I love it. You can get it on Amazon.com HERE.
It's a vinyl, step-by-step, walk-on number line 1-20. It comes with suggested activities and your kiddos will love it. I have my kids count forwards and backwards on it. We also do addition and subtraction as well as greater and less than.
It's also fun to go outside with sidewalk chalk and draw your own number lines.
I found this great site with cool activities you can do with the number line. It's on eHow Mom. Click HERE.
Another great number line you can buy is this one from Lakeshore.
It's great for teaching addition and subtraction.
I also use rulers for addition and subtraction. It's very concrete. I have to be careful though that it doesn't become a crutch.
My kids need to become familiar with the number line by doing LOTS of practicing with it. So I put together a little packet with 6 activities. There are fun task cards where the kiddos have to find certain numbers on the number line or do different tasks. They can be a springboard for students to make up their own task cards too. They also put together a number line. You can use part or all of the number line and it goes to 120. You can check it out. Just go to my sidebar where my shop links are and click.
So what...... now?
I think it's time for a GIVEAWAY! I haven't done one in a while.
If you are one of the first 3 to comment on this post, I will give you my Number Line FUN packet. Don't forget to leave your email address.
Hey, I'd LOVE to hear how you teach and use the number line. I'm always looking for new ideas.
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