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Next Year’s Number Line

Like most math classrooms, I’ve got a number line. My kids use the hell out of it after we learn about negative numbers, some up to the end of the school year.

We’ve got a week and a half left, and the kids are restless. I didn’t like the number line I bought this year, So I decided to have the kids help me out.

The templates were just a half sheet with the line and a tick mark across the top, along with a dashed rounded rectangle to provided them a guideline for where to draw.

I also printed up little slips with numbers for them to do, so I wouldn’t end up with all 3s, 7s, and 13s. The range is from -20 to 20 not including 01.

It turns out that across all of my classes, I’ve got enough for just over 3 full sets. Count on a couple of absences, and I get a choice of 3 to chose from for each number.

Some of them were quite artistic, but because legibility is a prime requirement, I’m not sure all of these will make the final cut.

1 I probably should have included it, but I think I want to keep the center printed, to emphasize the importance.

{ 2 } Comments

  1. kate | June 13, 2010 at 11:00 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the great idea—I don’t have a number line and need one!
    I made up a template on PDF if someone wants it, please respond.

  2. Mr. K | June 14, 2010 at 7:15 am | Permalink

    Doh!

    link added.