# More Connections

### Written by Donna Boucher

Donna has been a teacher, math instructional coach, interventionist, and curriculum coordinator. A frequent speaker at state and national conferences, she shares her love for math with a worldwide audience through her website, Math Coach’s Corner. Donna is also the co-author of Guided Math Workshop.

#### Number Lines | Skip Counting

I watched a student struggle with a number line problem earlier this week.  The question said something like What number is represented by the letter A and most of the numbers on the number line were missing. Interesting thing was, she drew nice little hops, like the ones shown below, but she didn’t know what to do with them.  In other words, where I have written in +2, +2, etc., she wrote nothing.  When I saw her draw the little hops, it reminded me of how we routinely teach kids to show patterns, which you also see below.  We show them to draw little mountains and write how the numbers have changed.  Perfect strategy for number lines as well, because number lines are, after all, patterns.  So that was my ah ha moment for the week!

Click here for some freebies you can use for skip counting.

1. Donna…I love this freebie!! I can see myself using this while also creating something similar with other numerals so as to further differentiate my own guided math workstations! Thanks for sharing, and I’m your newest follower!

2. Glad you like it, Ellen, and welcome. Be sure to link up your blog on my Blog Hop page!

3. Great tool to use with number lines! Thanks!

• My pleasure! Glad it’s useful. 🙂

4. Thanks so much for explaining this. My students are finally getting the hang of this and beginning to make the connections. Can you make some more, including subtraction?

• I’ll put it on my ever-growing list! Ha ha. 🙂

5. REALLY love these! I have a few sweet firsties that this will be perfect for!!! Thanks!!!
Growing Firsties

• You’re most welcome! Glad it will help with your kiddos. 🙂

6. Your blog is amazing! Every time I visit it (which is quite often) I become more enamored with your ability to break math concepts down into activities that really help the children understand. Thanks so much for sharing!