It’s true! Our school room was invaded by frogs today! Normally, this would be cause for a huge freak out by me. Of course, my kids would probably be thrilled by it, the little science and animal nuts that they are. But, no, this was not a do-over of one of the Ten Plagues… This frog number line is a fantastic way to learn about numbers!
Materials needed for Frog Number Line:
Paper (white or green)
We had so much fun and the kids looked so cute. In fact, I started it with just our kindergartener and then our 4th grader couldn’t handle her sister having all the fun, so she ‘jumped’ in. Then, the 5th grader followed suit. All for practicing addition and subtraction facts!
In the resource I included two versions of the frogs numbered 0-20. One is in full-color for those that would prefer that. The second is in black and white and looks fantastic when printed on green paper. I laminated mine for durability and that was a good thing with all those little kid feet hopping on them. I tried to convince them to jump beside them, but apparently jumping on them was much more gratifying. *sigh*
I cut them out and taped them to our school room floor to create the number line. It really made the hard work worth it when Jaida immediately recognized that it was a number line even though we only started working with them yesterday.
I have also included “frog heads” that you can print out and attach to paper strips (or your preferred method) to create a fun headband for your students to wear while hopping!
Next, I created a “pond” to draw the playing cards out of. I used a shoe box and covered it with blue tissue paper. You could also put a piece of blue paper on a table and lay the cards on top of it. Or use a baggie.
Whatever floats your lily pad. 😉
Then, I printed out the playing cards that we were going to use today onto card stock. You could also use regular printing paper, but I would definitely recommend laminating in that case.
There are four levels of cards:
Introductory: “Start at 2. Hop forward 3.”
Level two: “3 More than 6.”
Level three: 4+5= (in vertical format)
Level four: “Start at 5. How many hops to 8?” (missing addends and subtrahends)
You can also use this number line to reinforce skip counting since the students can visualize “skipping” over the frogs. We aren’t to that level yet, but we will definitely be using it for that.
Another idea would be to mix all the frogs up in a pile and have your students put them in numerical order before securing to the floor.