Using Numberlines in Guided Math Groups

Posted on November 6, 2010. Filed under: Graphic Organizers, Guided math, Manipulatives | Tags: |

Number lines are a great visual tool.  There are many different types of numberlines that can provide a scaffold into deeper understanding. You want to use numberlines so that students have visual models and understanding of the relationships between numbers (see ).  Numberlines provide visual scaffolds so students can picture what they are doing.  Numberlines can be used to teach counting, skip counting, even and odd numbers, rounding, positive and negative integers, fractions, decimals and time.  Here are a some links to a few good resources by category.


***(colorful, primary numberlines)

(to ten)


Skip Counting

(by 2’s)

(by fives)


Addition (sing this song as students use a number line to figure out the answer)



Problem Solving


(up to 100)

(up to 500)

(up to 1000)



(with negative values)


Elapsed Time

(by the hour)

(intervals of 5 minutes)

(google: “wow how time flies” for a page to uen which has a pdf of an elapsed timeruler) (scroll to bottom for word document of ruler)

General Resources


(Make your own numberlines)

(article about fraction numberlines) and and

Have fun! Write me and let me know how it’s going.

Happy Mathing,

Dr. Nicki

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