Having the students make a number line is more meaningful for them and a lot of fun. We used seeds to make it. This activity is Reggio inspired, of course 🙂
- How do we use numbers in life?
- What is a number line?
- How can number lines help us?
- What are different ways to make a number line?
- How high would you choose to make a number line?
We (students and I) planned a number line up to 10 so I bought 10 different types of seeds. You can buy seeds in bulk in many markets so you just get small amount of each.
Prepare the background. Brown liquid watercolor on cardboard. I watered down the watercolor to make a light brown. You can use any color card you want. Even cereal boxes.
Here are all the seeds.
Lets look at them.
Feel them. I don’t think smelling them is a good idea 😦 as they are small and get stuck i children’s noses.
Trace a number on each card. The child or you apply glue on the numbers then throw the seeds. Shake the card and the number will be seen.
Which type of glue? Elmers, tacky glue or Mod Podge.
Or place one seed at a time.
If you home school or if your school has a kitchen you can make soup with leftover seeds.
Or leave them in the collage/creativity /art center.
You can also use some seeds to make sound boxes, Montessori style.
The students can also make their individual number lines.
After the number line is done the students can use them as a reference to writing numbers.
Sample activity: Count the seeds. Glue seeds and write the correspondent number.
Common Core Alignment:
K.CC.A.3 Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0 – 20
K.CC.B.4 Understand the relationship between numbers and quantities; connect counting to cardinality (directly related to the sample activity above)
K.CC.B.5 Count to tell he number of objects (directly related to the sample activity above)