Addition and subtraction can be difficult for some students to understand what is really happening. While practicing these skills with 1st – 3rd graders, create and teaching them how to use a number line to guide them with a visual aid can really help them get the concept off adding and taking away.
All you need is some construction paper and a pen. After that take the time together to create the number line and understand the structure. As you go right the numbers get higher, as you go left the numbers get lower. Create a number line appropriate for your child’s material. Also teaching your student how to make a quick one as well for the future. (Typically 0 – 20 is a good average number line to create).
Practice using the number line in different situations together and even practice making it a few times. This is a useful tool that students can use for:
- Word problems
- Number sense (like counting)
- Even can be useful for early multiplication and division
I hope this is a helpful tool for all future challenging math problems that our friends approach and continue to practice upon.