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Number lines and repeating patterns
The following activities can help students understand the number line better.
 Link the number line to skip counting.

When counting repeating patterns, represent the numbers on a number track.
The equal spacing on the number track helps students to skip count (in this case, by threes).  Then move on to a number line (note the addition of zero at the beginning).
 Gradually remove some of the labels, leaving numbers spaced by two, five or ten. In the following example, the numbers are spaced by two.
 Later, remove the intermediate marks as well.

When counting repeating patterns, represent the numbers on a number track.
 Practise finding intermediate points.
 Ask students to look at L2002 Scale matters: simple units.
 Plot timelines.
 Plot the Olympic years on a timeline marked at oneyear intervals but numbered every five years.
 Plot recent significant events on a timeline marked and numbered at twoyear intervals.
 Plot significant daily events (from waking to sleeping) on a 24hour timeline.