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Ordering Numbers on a Number Line

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 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.

Check out this post for suggestions for helping students place numbers on an opening number line using benchmarks.

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

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

  2. Thanks for sharing another great resource. You always have wonderful ideas…don’t you want to come work at my school? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. 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.

  4. 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

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

  6. 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.

    1. 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

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. As a math interventionist, I see many struggles with number lines and these activities are hard to find. The typically issue is with the magnitude of numbers on the line. This activity does not allow for the student to adjust for the magnitudes. I do not want to teach misconceptions, so how would you suggest using this activity and include magnitude at the same time?

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