Here’s a math station that I provide in my classroom for at
least the first quarter of the year. A number line helps students build number
sense and helps students with the ordering of numbers. In fourth grade, I
introduce this number line during a whole group lesson on ordering decimals. On
butcher paper, the students and I build the number line together as I ask
questions to guide them. Then, on different colored sticky notes, I write
some decimals. I distribute the sticky notes to a group of students.
They place the decimals in order on the number line. The class records the
order of the decimals in their math journals from greatest to least or least to
greatest. Each group takes a turn.

This activity then becomes a learning
station. Using their math journals or paper on a clipboard, they can answer the
questions that I post for the week. These are the questions I placed in the learning station this week.

This helps students with many skills:

-ordering
decimals

-parts
and wholes

-equivalent
fractions and decimals

-how
number lines work

This is a great learning station because it is big and it
gives students a chance to stand and walk with a purpose in the classroom. In
fact, my students beg to go to the number line station.

Do you have a favorite learning station that builds number
sense?