Well, I've decided to change my
mindset when it comes to my Made 4 Math Monday projects. Usually, I start thinking about them on Monday and don't get them finished until later in the week. I always feel bad because I'm naturally a very punctual person. I hate, hate, hate to get anywhere late. I was that student in college who felt like they were late if they got to class with only ten minutes to spare. I love getting places early. I'm the type of person who looks up on Google Maps how long it will take to get somewhere and then still leave thirty minutes or an hour early JUST IN CASE.
So, instead of feeling bad about being late for this week's Made 4 Math Monday post, I've decided that, instead, I'm just extremely early for next week's Made 4 Math Monday post.
This project was actually on my todo list for my first year of teaching, but I never got around to it. I wanted a number line to hang on the wall of my classroom. I know that you can buy number lines at a teacher store or online that are relatively inexpensive, but I decided to make my own. After all, I take any and every opportunity to use my handy, dandy laminator. (I've had it for a year now, and it is one of my most used possessions!)

Printed and Laminated Number Line Pieces 
I used a pdf file that I found on a
British book publisher's website to print my number line. The file includes pages that will extend your number line from 40 to +40. However, you print only the pages you need to fit in your exact space. Since, I didn't have 25 feet of wall space to devote to an extralarge number line, I printed my number line to go from 22 to +22. I probably should have done a little trimming and made it go from a more standard 20 to +20. Oh well...

The left (negative) side of my number line. 
And, if you already have a number line in your classroom, this website also features a
printable pi strip that you can print that features up to the first 1000 decimal places of pi! There is also a
printable vertical thermometer scale that could possibly be utilized as a vertical number line if that is of interest to anybody. Actually, I'd just recommend that you spend a few minutes
checking out the numerous files that are available to download! If you find anything interesting or useful, leave a comment or (even better) write a blog post to share it with the world!

A view of (almost) the entire number line. 
I hung my number line using sticky tack above the map railing that is above my dry erase board. I really like how it turned out. The numbers are large and easy to read from across the room. I hope this will be a resource that my students will reference all year long.
If you are interested in the posters hanging on my map railing, they were downloaded from the
North Carolina Council of Teachers of Mathematics website. Last year, I used these posters to create a
maththemed bulletin board in the back of my classroom. This year, I have different plans for that bulletin board, but I still wanted to feature these posters in my classroom.
and this is why I LOVE blogging. Thanks for these incredible resources!!!
ReplyDeleteand I too, have an incredibly close relationship with my laminator.
Elizabeth
Hodges Herald
Thanks for reading my blog! I love blogging as well, and I'm always excited to share resources with others and discover new resources.
DeleteThank you SO much for blogging about your number line. I've looked for a printable number line before and all I could find were ones geared toward younger grades. This is exactly what I need!
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DeleteThanks for the number line  it's exactly what I needed!
God bless
Jethro
Glad I could share this awesome resource! Hope it helps your students!
DeleteI love your blog name. I love following blogs that have a specific focus in mind looking for some great math resources :)
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Rae
Mindful Rambles
Thank you for posting this  I was trying to make a number line today (from scratch on Microsoft Word), but it didn't quite turn out... can't wait to use this in my gr. 8 classroom!
ReplyDeleteThank you for the number line! I bought one on line and it was tiny; not good for the front of the classroom! This is so much better! Thanks for sharing!
ReplyDeleteAwesome! Glad I could help point you to an amazing, free resource. This is by far one of the most useful things I've hung up in my classroom this year!
DeleteAwesome! I am totally printing all these things out, so I can easily swap out math things for my walls next year. Thanks again for all the amazing downloads and links of free downloads!
ReplyDeleteGlad I could help! Thanks for stopping by my blog!
DeleteThank You for this number. I wanted to do vertical one and now I can do it on my background. Someone stole one had bought a couple of summers ago.
ReplyDeleteYou're welcome! I love my number line. I can't imagine teaching without one on the wall now!
DeleteHow do you play the sea of zeros game?
ReplyDeleteWrote a post about it here: http://mathequalslove.blogspot.com/2012/08/teachingintegeroperationswith.html
DeleteHi! I've tried to make this number line so many times and I just can't get the bars to line up neatly like yours. Is there a trick to printing/cutting?
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OMG one of my smart students just figured it out... haha. thank you for sharing! Love your blog!!
ReplyDeleteGlad you were able to figure it out!
DeleteHello! I love all of these posters/number lines! One problem, i tried to search the NCCTM website for those math posters but they are not there! :[ Do you have the document? I really loved them and would like to add them to my classroom. Thank you! Lauren
ReplyDeleteThey are uploaded as pdfs on this site: https://www.ncctm.org/resourcesactivities/logocontest/
DeleteGood luck!
I created a vertical number line and taped it to one side of the board. (Laminated it with plastic tape!) Every time I have an integer addition or subtraction problem I make sure to do it on the number line. If I ask the kids "what's 5 + 6" their first instinct is to pick up a calculator but after 8 months of my propaganda some of them do look toward the number line and do it that way.
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