Ordering Numbers on a Number Line

ordering numbers on a number line

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.

Workstation activities don’t need to be complicated. They just need to allow students to practice their standards! Take for example this little workstation activity for ordering numbers on a number line up to 120. Print the number line mat on cardstock and laminate for durability. You can download free number cards and the mat at the end of this post. There’s also a little recording sheet to build in accountability for the task. Students record five rounds of the game, but then they can continue to practice.

ordering numbers on a number line

Notice that students can use this activity over and over again because they will continue to get different numbers. That’s one advantage of workstation tasks over worksheets. Worksheets are typically one-and-done while workstation tasks that use randomized numbers can be used more than once. It’s also easy to differentiate and it grows with the kiddos as they work with larger numbers. Just change up the number cards or assign a different range of numbers for different students.

Download your number cards, Ordering Numbers on a Number Line mat, and recording sheet. If you’d like the cute cards shown in the picture, you can grab them here.

30 Comments

  1. T Bell

    Love this! Up to 1000 and 10 000 would be brilliant too! You so rock. Thanks for this!

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    • Donna Boucher

      My pleasure!

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  2. Chelsea O'Neal

    This so great!! And simple!!

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    • Donna Boucher

      That’s my favorite kind of workstation, Chelsea! 🙂

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  3. TheElementary MathManiac

    Do kids have to think about where they are placing the numbers in relation to the 0 and 120 on the number line?

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    • Donna Boucher

      No, they just fit between the 0 and 120. You could use smaller numbers and then they could place them more proportionately.

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  4. Jan

    Thanks for sharing another great resource. You always have wonderful ideas…don’t you want to come work at my school? 😉

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    • Donna Boucher

      I’m keeping pretty busy at my school, Jan! Ha ha. 🙂

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  5. Carpenter Family Chronicle

    I love love this!! Thank you!! I so appreciate it for my firsties!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Yea! Always nice hearing that something I post is useful. 🙂

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  6. Karla

    Thank you Donna! This workstation has been a big hit with my little Mavericks. =)

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    • Donna Boucher

      How exciting to hear from one of my own teachers! Thanks, Karla. BTW, your wedding picture is GORGEOUS!!

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  7. Barbara

    I like simple. Thank you!
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    • Donna Boucher

      You’re welcome, Barbara!

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  8. Mrs. Beard

    Thanks for sharing your wonderful resources!

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  9. Anonymous

    Thank you so much for sharing!

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  10. Cheryl

    Thank you for sharing this! It works in perfectly with our number line activities this week! Love it!

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    • Donna Boucher

      Awesome, Cheryl! Glad it worked so well with your timing. 🙂

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  11. Joan Buckley

    Donna, I just want to thank you for continuing to offer us such wonderful ongoing professional development. For me, this is the only place where I can receive ongoing formation in mathematics – and I greatly appreciate your posts, materials, and freebies. I cannot tell you how many of your book recommendations are currently on my Amazon wishlist (5), but two are in the mail to me this week! Thank you, thank you, thank you. Someday, I hope that I, too, may give back to our profession just as you do now. God bless, Joan B.

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  12. Becky

    My resource kiddos will love this

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  13. Sharon

    Thanks for the number lines. It will help so much when teaching. I agree with the other comment about going up to 1000 & 10,000

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  14. Lori

    I have been following you lately and wanted to share how much I appreciate all the sharing and information.

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  15. Dectria Jones

    Thank you for this product. It is wonderful!

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  16. Kelly

    I’m excited to try this with my students. Thanks!

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  17. Karen Winford

    Not necessarily about this post, but am wanting to use Math Workshop format in my 3rd/4th grade classroom next year. Do you have blog posts, TPT resources, curriculum, anything else you’d recommend to help me get it going?

    Thank you for all your blogs that I have read, and the activities you share. They have been really helpful.

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    • Donna Boucher

      So happy to hear that you are interested in Math Workshop! Last year I partnered with Laney Sammons, who wrote Guided Math, to publish a book on organizing, managing, and planning for Math Workshop. I hope you’ll check it out! http://bit.ly/GMWorkshopTCM

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  18. Karen Winford

    Thanks. I checked out the sample pages, and this looks like a really helpful book! I’ll check out her Guided Math book, as well.

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  19. Paula Nevil

    I am coaching math teachers, K-5, this year and need to deepen my knowledge with the standards for math and strategies for mastery. I will be using much of your ideas and materials.
    Thank you!

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  20. Kathleen Kramer

    Love this activity. Looking forward to using it this week in my classroom. Thank you.

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