Hurray for number lines!

Who knew that number lines could be so much fun? Well my students and I found out just how much fun they can be during one of our recent math bag days.

We started our morning math by reading “The Line Up Book” by Marisabina Russo. This is a simple to read aloud book about a boy who is being called to eat his lunch but decides he needs to make a line of toys, books, and other things all the way from his room to the kitchen as his mother keeps calling him – “Time for dinner” calls his mother.

After reading our book, I invited the children to retell the story using our very long number line on the floor. The children worked together to place the math tokens they had brought from home along the number line kind of like the little boy did in our book – “Just a minute!” calls the little boy.

As the children lined up their math tokens, we had fun retelling the story. I would say “Time for dinner!” and the children responded with “Just a minute!” until all the tokens were lined up on our number line.

After completing our number line, the children helped me add the missing numbers.

And then we counted all of our tokens to see just how many we had brought today.

All throughout the process, I could see the wheels spinning as the children began to understand how the number line works. You know when you have one of those moments when you just get it right? Well this felt like one of those moments. Hurray for Number Lines!

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Deborah J Stewart

Deborah J Stewart

Every time I think I know everything I need to know about teaching young children, God says, "Hold on a minute!" and gives me a new challenge.

Let me tell ya...

With each new challenge that you overcome, you will find yourself better equipped and more passionate about teaching young children.

God didn't call wimps to lead, teach, or care for His children. Nope, he has high expectations, so get ready. You will have to give your very best but after teaching for over 30 years, I can tell you that it is a wonderful and rewarding journey.

Whenever your calling feels hard, just remember, 'He who began a good work in you (and in the children you serve) will be faithful to complete it.'

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