"Slide-Around-Math" Low-Tech Math Manipulative Puts Other Number Lines on The Shelf


A low-tech math tool invented by special education teacher Jim Franklin, joins the ranks as a super math manipulative that could be a valuable addition to any teacher's instructional toolkit. Moreover, a braille version, could help teachers include more blind students or those with low vision in their general education classes. 

Rockin' Number Line!  What started out as a novel number line to 10,000,000 is now a 24- or 32-inch plastic visual aid and math manipulative with wider applications. Franklin teaches at the Elm Street ES in Rome Georgia. His initial idea for a personal, teacher-made learning material has evolved and now has proven value for teaching concepts including:

  • Place value
  • Estimating and rounding of whole numbers and decimals
  • Simplifying and comparing fractions
  • Money, and
  • Capacity
  • Elapsed time, and
  • Weight

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