Open Number Line Station

Hey friends! Today I want to share with you a super easy, quick and efficient small group teach or station idea for teaching students how to order numbers on an open number line.


You will need:
-large popsicle sticks
-clothespins
*I chose the colored popsicle sticks so that I could color code and match the numbers on the clothespins but it's totally up to you!

Why is it important? 

An open number line is a line that has no intervals or numbers. The concept of an open number line allows students to control or zoom in on a small piece of the number line. By placing numbers on an open number line, students are able to physically see how the numbers compare with one another. This is very important for our young learners because they will be using these concepts for mental math later on. 

How it works

Step 1: Give students one popsicle stick and three numbers
Step 2: Students place the smallest numbers at the top of the popsicle stick and the bigger numbers towards the bottom.
Step 3: Once students have the numbers in order, you can then start talking to them about spacing the numbers appropriately.

Want to make a self-check option? Write the numbers in the correct order with the correct spacing on the back of the popsicle stick!

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