Number Line Activities for the Classroom

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Number Line activities

Written by Emma (Teach Starter)

Number lines – they are a staple in so many math lessons! Number lines are wonderful for teaching so many concepts – from the ordering of numbers and 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.

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Number Line activities

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 favorite number line resources and activities. We can’t wait to help you and your student 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 Kindergarten up to the older grades, there’s something for everyone.

Place Value and Counting

Any elementary teacher knows that the concept of place value is cemented by the use of manipulatives and teaching tools that help students visualize 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.

Number Line activities - Car Race

Once your kids have mastered ordering their numbers, move on to skip counting with our Skip Counting Posters and Skip Counting Number Line!

Number Line activities - Skip Counting

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!

Jump Strategy

This is for the students who are ready for more than just place value!

Addition and Subtraction don’t have to be tricky when you use number lines to teach the “jump strategy“.

Number Line activities - Jump Strategy Game

Our Jump Strategy Subtraction Game goes hand-in-hand with the Jump Strategy Addition Worksheet!

Why not encourage your students to create their own themed jump strategy game?

Number Line activities - Jump Strategy - Addition

More addition and subtraction activities using number lines:

Open Number Lines

If you’re looking for something open-ended to help your students practice 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.

Number Line activities - Blank number lines

Why not give your students our Number Line Frogs to keep on their desks 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…


Looking for more Number Line Activities?

Make sure to check out our Number Line Resource Collection!

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