One of the greatest roadblocks when identifying and modeling fractions on a number line is the ability to visualize how to partition a number line into equal shares. A powerful way to strengthen this skill is to give your students time to physically manipulate a number line.
The game Number Line Dash can help you do just that.
The Objective of Number Line Dash
This two-player math game will help your students become masters in modeling fractions on a number line. Their goal is to use a number line to model the fraction they “flip” before their partner models theirs.
How To Set Up This Math Game
Have students find an open space to play on the floor or on a table. They will need:
- 1 deck of playing cards
- 12 small paper clips per player
- 1 blank number line per player
- 1 pencil or whiteboard marker per player
- 1 timer
Each face card has a special value for this game.
- Aces = 1
- Jacks = 11
- Kings & Queens = 12
How To Play Number Line Dash
- Divide the card deck equally between each player.
- Each player flips two cards from their stack.
- Use these two cards to create a fraction.
- The number on one card will be the numerator of your fraction, and the number on the other card will be the denominator.
- Once you have created your fraction, use paper clips to divide your blank number line strip into the correct number of sections.
- For example, if your denominator is 6, use 5 paper clips to create 6 equal sections on your number line strip.
- Mark the position of the fraction using a whiteboard marker.
- The player who accurately marks their fraction first wins a point.
- Clear your number line and play another round.
- The player with the most points when the timer beeps is the winner.
Make Modeling Fractions on A Number Line Easier For Your Students
When you notice your students struggling to model fractions on a number line, ditch the worksheet practice and opt for this hands-on game instead.
You can find a printable game card for Number Line Dash and 5 other hands-on fraction games in my shop.
Looking for more ways to bring hands-on fun to your fractions unit? Check out my post Bring Hands-on Learning To Your Fractions Unit.