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All you need for this week is:
string or clothesline
sheets of paper
"Hey kids, I need your help putting these numbers in order. Do you think you could do it for me?"
On the table next to me is a stack of sheets of paper folded in half with a number on it, ready to be put onto the clothesline that is strung up between two dining room chairs.
Yes, this is a twist on the traditional number line activity and can be accessed by young children.
My boys spent around 5 minutes noticing, wondering, and exploring the number line by sliding sheets of paper across a string, spacing them out accordingly as more information became available. Because it was happening so fast, I wanted to throw a minor wrench in the system and did so with the 4 1/2. Even though he hadn't been introduced to fractions, it didn't take long to figure out that the 4 1/2 fell neatly between the 4 and the 5.
Next up, we are going to do sums:
...and so on
When they get older, we will head over to the clothesline math website and find more ideas and information to support both boys, but a clothesline will certainly be a part of our discussion for years to come.
If you want to see my boys go through the progression,it's here.
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Thank you for taking the time to improve math fluency for children, one table talk conversation at a time.