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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 elementary math skills. Save time on your math 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 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 math activities. Build students' number sense, expand their understanding of fractions and more with this powerful collection that includes curriculum-aligned so you can meet Common Core and state standards.

*New to using this tool in the math 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 an elementary 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 elementary 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 visualize 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 elementary school — both by helping kids visualize 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 favorites 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 visualize 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 Clothespins:**Students can sequence clothespins 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 clothespins 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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#### Number Line 0–30

Make counting a visual experience with this set of 4 multi-purpose 0–30 number lines.

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#### Fossil Fractions – Google Slides Interactive Activity

Practice labeling and plotting fractions on a number line with this interactive activity designed for 3rd grade students.

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

Demonstrate the concept of fractions on a number line with a printable number line display and student reference sheets.

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

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

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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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#### 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 fun worksheet.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#### Comparing and Ordering Decimals – Worksheet

Practice using number lines to compare and order decimals 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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#### 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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#### Understanding Positive & 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 - Task Cards

Identify the missing whole numbers on a number line with this set of 16 task cards.

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#### Jump Strategy Addition Game

A fun and challenging game to use when learning how to use the jump strategy to solve addition problems.

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#### Open Number Lines - Landscape

A worksheet with 6 open number lines to use in a variety of ways in your lessons.

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#### Jump Strategy: Addition – Worksheet

An addition worksheet that focuses on the jump strategy.

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#### Jump Strategy: Subtraction – Worksheet

A subtraction worksheet that focuses on the jump strategy.

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#### Fractions Number Line - Thirds, Sixths, and Twelfths

A number line showing thirds, sixths, and twelfths between 0 and 2.

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#### Open Number Lines - Portrait

A worksheet with 10 open number lines to use in a variety of ways in your lessons.

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#### Double-Digit Subtraction Strategies - Posters

A set of four posters showing different subtraction strategies.

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

A set of 6 posters showing examples of skip counting.

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#### Number Line to 100 - Including Multiples

Help your students as they learn their multiples with this 0-100 number line.

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#### Plotting and Comparing Integers – Worksheet

Practice plotting integers on a number line and completing comparison statements 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 for Addition - Interactive PowerPoint

An 11-slide, editable teaching presentation that focuses on the jump strategy.

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#### Number Line Car Race

A fun place value game to help students identify numbers on a number line.

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#### Number Lines – Cut and Paste Worksheet

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

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#### Number Line -25 to 25

A -25 to 25 number line to use when working with positive and negative numbers.

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#### Printable Number Line - Frog Theme

Number line from -20 to 120 with lily pads and frogs

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#### Number and Math Symbol Mini Flashcards

A collection of number and math symbol flashcards available in a variety of colors.