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Invitation to Explore – Number Lines to 10

Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.


Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.


Loose parts are a great way to have students explore and learn math concepts. With a few carefully placed math resources and items- you can get children talking about and discovering new concepts.

the invitation

Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.

I provided my students with different number manipulatives and loose parts. We had a whole group lesson about number lines, and I provided them with an anchor chart.

Number Lines to 10

My students loved finding new ways to create their number lines to 10. They used the blocks in different ways, and talked about what they were doing as well.

Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.

Getting the blocks to stay up was difficult- it took a few tries, but once we got it it was worth it. The student was able to see the growing towers representing the numbers getting larger and larger.

Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.

This is from a student who also decided to incorporate patterns into some of her towers. She was trying to get them all done but we ran out of time!

Use loose parts to create an invitation to explore number lines to 10. Students will be able to explore numbers and the concept of movement is magnitude.This student was using different materials to create his number line. He was planning to keep adding to it until we ran out of time.

More Number Lines to 10 Activities

My Movement is Magnitude blog post discusses this counting principle, and you can also add and subtract using a number line.

How do you incorporate loose parts play into your math centers? What concepts do your students like to explore with these materials?

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