Number lines – they are a staple in so many maths lessons! Number lines are wonderful for teaching so many concepts – from the ordering of numbers, addition and subtraction, to even negative numbers – there really is no end to their usefulness! But, when you teach them year after year, finding fun and engaging number line activities can become a bit of a chore.
We love number lines so much that we have our own Number Line Resource Collection! Because we know you’d love a refresh of this staple in your classroom, we’ve pulled together some of our favourite number line resources and activities. We can’t wait to help you and your students make the most of this important learning strategy!
Fun Number Line Activities for the Classroom
Here we’ve got a selection of number line resources to suit your every need! From Foundation up to Middle Years, there’s something for everyone.
Place Value and Counting
Any Early Years teacher knows that the concept of place value is cemented by the use of manipulatives and teaching tools which help students visualise numbers!
And, you got it, these include number lines.
Introduce number lines to your students with our Number Lines Powerpoint.
Then, jump into some fun games! Number Line Car Race is a fun game that will teach your students place value and help them to locate numbers on a number line.
If you want to specifically focus on 2 digit numbers, don’t forget to check out our Two Digit Number Line Activity with prompt cards!
This is for the students who are ready for more than just place value!
Addition and Subtraction doesn’t have to be tricky when you use number lines to teach the “jump strategy“.
Why not encourage your students to create their own themed jump strategy game?
More addition and subtraction activities using number lines:
Fractions and Positive and Negative Number Lines
Don’t forget about the big kids!
As students get older and need less visual tools to help them with counting, they may not have as much need for number lines. That is until you introduce new tricky topics such as negative and positive numbers and fractions!
We have just the thing to help your older students out – our Fraction Number Line – Halves, Quarters and Eights, Fraction Number Line – Halves, Fifths and Tenths and Fractions Number Line – Thirds, Sixths and Twelfths! These resources are suitable mature for your older students – simply display on your whiteboard during maths lessons or print on A5 size for a student-reference resource.
Visualising negative numbers is easy with our great collection of Positive and Negative Number Lines:
Positive and negative numbers displayed on a clothesline.
Positive and negative number line displayed on a movie show reel.
Open Number Lines
If you’re looking for something open-ended to help your students practise their new number line activities, then our Number Lines Worksheet – Portrait and Number Lines Worksheet – Landscape are just the thing.
These worksheets can be used to reinforce a range of strategies, from addition and subtraction to ordering fractions.
Why not give your students our Number Line Frogs to keep on their desk to get them started?
Number Line Displays
Speaking of number line prompts, we have so many helpful resources for you to display around your classroom or on your students’ desks!
I could go on and on about how helpful these are, but I thought I’d just let the resources speak for themselves…
A 0-20 number line with zebras on it.
An educational desk number line showing skip counting by tens.
0-100 displayed on a number line with a bee theme.
A number line with numbers 0-1000.
A 0-10 number line on a film strip.
0-100 displayed on a number line with a fish theme.
Number line displayed on a movie show reel.
A number line with numbers 0-120 for desks.