Number Line for Kids

Kindergarten Number Line

In Maths, a number line can be defined as a straight line on which numbers are marked at equal intervals. The number line is used to illustrate simple numerical operations.

Ordering numbers on the number line is an important skill that every kindergarten kid must know. The concept of number line would be used in higher classes. The Kindergarten number line is used for addition and subtraction.

How does a number line look?

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A number line for kids starts with 0 and can end up to infinity. The number line given above is 0 to 10. Similarly, you can draw till 20, 30, 40 and so on.

The numbers on the number line increase as we move from left to right and decrease as we move from right to left. 

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Wondering how to teach number lines to second graders? Teach them how to perform basic operations on the number line.

Suppose we need to add two numbers- 5 + 3. We will move three arrows ahead and come onto 8. Hence, 8 is the right answer. Similarly, subtraction can also be performed on the number line. We need to move backward (right to left) in the case of subtraction.

Kids also need to learn how to plot the negative numbers, fractions and decimal on the number line.

Number Line Games

One of the popular number line games is the Human Number Line. Learn how to play the Human Number Line game.

Step 1: Use masking tape to create a long line on the floor. 

Step 2: Prepare and print off all the pieces for the game that you will need.

Step 3: Cut out number signs and the game cards for your number line. You can also laminate them for durability.

Step 4: Use the masking tape to mark off the segments (0 to 10). Tape down the number signs properly.

Step 5: Make students sit or stand to have a turn. Give the stack of cards to the first person. He/she will read to the next person who will jump on the number line.

Step 6: The kid must read the math equation on the card loudly.

Step 7: Starting with 0, he/she must solve the equation by jumping on the number line.

Step 8: If his/her answer is correct, then the next person in line will get the opportunity to play.

Number line activities for kindergarten

Teachers have been teaching the number sense through the number line for ages. The number line is used to solve simple arithmetic problems and other math skills. However, teaching the concepts of the number line to kindergarten kids is not an easy job. This is why kids must be engaged in numerous number line activities. Some of the activities are as follows:

  1. Line up numbers with sticky notes: Write each number on a separate sticky note. Ask the kids to place the numbers in order on the number line. This activity can be done by older students too; try the same activity with negative numbers, fractions, or decimals.
  2. Create a life-size number line for activities: Build a life-size number line in the classroom. Allow kids to stand in a row like they are the numbers! This allows kids to enjoy all sorts of number line games and activities. Kids will get even more out of number lines through games.
  3. Line up some objects: Line up some objects like shoes, books, paints, etc. on the number line. For example, 1 book for 1, 2 books for 2, and so on.
  4. Design a dotted number line: Kids can use cotton swabs and make dots to represent the value of each number on a number line.
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