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Download printable number lines, activities and worksheets to help students as they develop their understanding of counting, operations, fractions and more primary maths skills. Save time on your maths lesson planning with printables that are ready to be downloaded and used in the classroom!

This teaching resource collection was created by the teachers on the Teach Starter team to align to the Australian curriculum and includes number lines for positive and negative integers, time number lines and classroom number lines that can be printed and displayed on the classroom wall or your students' desks for a variety of maths activities. Build students' number sense, expand their understanding of fractions and more with this powerful collection.

*New to using this tool in the maths classroom, or just looking for some fresh ideas for teaching with number lines? Explore a primer from the teachers on the Teach Starter team!*

A number line is a visual representation of numbers that is usually represented as a straight line. The numbers are usually represented as points on the line, and the distance between each number corresponds to the difference in value between them.

In a primary school setting, you can use a number line to introduce basic mathematical concepts and to help students develop their number sense. They can be used for a wide variety of different activities such as counting, comparing numbers, teaching decimals and plenty more.

This tool has a number of applications in helping build numbers skills, some of which may surprise you! Take a look at the ways these can help your students:

- They aid learning by providing a visual representation of numbers and their relative positions.
- They make it easier for students to understand concepts such as addition, subtraction and fractions, as well as to visualise and compare numbers.
- They can be used to introduce negative numbers and to understand the concept of absolute value.
- Number lines can help students develop their number sense (aka the ability to understand and work with numbers in a flexible and efficient way).

Number lines come in handy when you're teaching fractions in primary school — both by helping kids visualise the relationship between fractions and whole numbers and by allowing them to see the relative sizes of fractions.

One of the most common stumbling blocks for students is putting fractions in a number line. Here's how to do this, step by step:

**Determine the range of the number line.**For example, if a student wants to put fractions between 0 and 1 on the number line, they'll need to draw a line segment from 0 to 1.**Divide the line segment into equal parts.**The number of equal parts will depend on how many fractions your student wants to include on the line. If the plan is to include 4 fractions, for example, they would divide the line segment into 4 equal parts.**Label the endpoints of the line segment with the whole numbers that correspond to them.**For example, they could label the left endpoint as 0 and the right endpoint as 1.**Label the other points on the line segment with the fractions you want to include.**To do this, students need to determine the location of each fraction on the number line. They can do this by finding a common denominator for all of the fractions and then dividing the line segment into that many equal parts.**Plot each fraction on the number line by marking the appropriate point and labeling it with the corresponding fraction**. You can also have your students shade in the region of the number line that corresponds to the set of fractions they are interested in.

Students may also need to partition a number line into equal parts as part of their study of fractions! To do this, instruct your students to put the 0 and 1 tick marks at the ends of the line, look at how many equal parts are needed, and draw one fewer tick mark.

For example, if a student is dividing a line into eighths, they draw the 0 and 1 markers and draw seven ticks (this will ultimately give them eight equal spaces).

Looking for fresh ways to use number lines? Explore our collection for printable activities and ideas, and explore this list of favourites from our teacher team!

**Number Line Scavenger Hunt:**Students can search for specific numbers on the number line and write them down. They can also be given a range of numbers to find and write down the numbers that fall within that range.**Number Line Word Problems:**Students can use a number line to help them solve word problems involving addition, subtraction or fractions. They can use the number line to visualise the problem and find the solution.**Number Line Drawings:**Students can draw a scene that uses a number line, such as an ocean that shows the depth below sea level. Or perhaps they decide to integrate a number line into a drawing that has a thermometer to show positive and negative temperatures.**Number Line Sidewalk Art:**Students can draw horizontal and vertical number lines with sidewalk chalk. They can get up and move between numbers showing how to represent addition, subtraction, rounding and more.**Number Lines with Clothespeg:**Students can sequence clothespegs marked with integers, fractions or decimals. This helps with fine motor concepts for younger students, while older students can be challenged to match equivalent value pegs on their number line. (Such as equivalent fractions, decimals and percentages)**Number Line Riddles:**Give students a riddle they can solve with the use of a number line!

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#### Fractions on a Number Line – Differentiated Worksheets

Practise plotting and counting by fractions on a number line with this set of differentiated worksheets.

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#### Secret Code Number Line - Worksheet

Crack the number line code with five number line codebreaker worksheets to practice number identification, addition, and subtraction.

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#### Year 2 Numeracy Exit Tickets – Worksheets

35 Numeracy Exit Ticket activities for students to provide evidence of their learning progress.

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#### Equivalent Fractions on a Number Line – Differentiated Worksheets

Practise placing equivalent fractions on a number line with this cut-and-paste worksheet.

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#### Hop on Number Lines - Worksheet Pack

Hop your way to addition mastery with a pack of two addition on a number line worksheets.

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#### Comparing and Ordering Decimals – Worksheet

Practise using number lines to compare and order decimals with this worksheet.

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#### Introduction to Number Lines PowerPoint

A 17 page editable PowerPoint to use in the classroom when introducing number lines.

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#### Jump Strategy: Subtraction – Worksheet

A subtraction worksheet that focuses on the jump strategy.

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#### Using Number Lines - Worksheet

Check your students' number line skills with a printable number line formative assessment.

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#### The Number Line Zoo - Cut and Paste Worksheet

Develop number sense by returning the zoo animals to their correct positions on the number line with a cut-and-paste worksheet.

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#### Understanding Positive and Negative Numbers – Worksheet

Explore positive and negative numbers by plotting integers on a number line and identifying opposites with this worksheet.

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#### Whole Numbers on a Number Line Worksheet

Practice finding the missing number on number lines.

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#### Skip Counting by 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10 Posters and Worksheets

Practise and review skip counting by 2,3,4,5,and 10 with a pack of printable skip counting charts and worksheets.

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#### Fraction Bars and Number Lines – Cut and Paste Worksheet

Build a fraction bar by piecing together unit fractions and identifying them on a number line with this set of differentiated worksheets.

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#### Adding and Subtracting Integers on Number Lines - Worksheet

Help your students learn to add and subtract integers on a number line with a printable adding and subtracting integers worksheet.

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#### Match That Fraction! – Number Line Activity

A set of 16 match-up cards to practise identifying fractions on a number line.

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#### Add and Subtract Integers on a Number Line - Interactive Picture Reveal

Practise solving addition and subtraction equations with positive and negative numbers using an interactive mystery picture reveal.

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#### Blank Number Lines Worksheet - Portrait

A blank number line worksheet for number and algebra work.

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#### Number Lines - Worksheet

Fill in the missing numbers with this number line worksheet.

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#### Integers on Number Lines - Interactive Task Cards

Teach your students to locate positive and negative integers on a number line with a Google Slides interactive number line activity.

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#### Plotting and Comparing Integers – Worksheet

Practise plotting integers on a number line and completing comparison statements with this worksheet.

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#### Number Lines to 100 - Kaboom Game

Practise using a number line and locating numbers to 100 with an exciting Kaboom! Card Game.

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#### Positive & Negative Number Line - Worksheet

Practise locating integers on a positive and negative number line with a printable integer worksheet.

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#### Blank Number Lines - Landscape

Print a set of open number lines to help you teach a variety of maths skills.

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#### Decimal Number Line - Match Up

Practise identifying decimals on a number line using a matching activity.

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#### Two-Digit Number Line Activity Prompt Cards

A place value activity to help students identify two-digit numbers on a number line.

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#### Negative and Positive Number Line Printable -25 to 25

Use a positive and negative number line as a mathematical tool when working with integers.

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#### Number Lines – Cut and Paste Worksheet

Cut and paste to complete the number lines with this worksheet.

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#### Fractions Number Line - Halves, Fifths and Tenths

A number line showing halves, fifths and tenths between 0 and 2.

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#### Fractions Number Line - Halves, Quarters and Eighths

A number line showing halves, quarters and eighths between 0 and 2.

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#### Numbers to 99 - Number Line Matching Activity

Practice locating numbers on a number line with a fun matching activity.