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 one-year intervals but numbered every five years.
- Plot recent significant events on a timeline marked and numbered at two-year intervals.
- Plot significant daily events (from waking to sleeping) on a 24-hour timeline.