We were studying fractions - comparing and ordering fractions, and they just weren't getting it. I knew I wanted to do a number line activity, and realized these clothespins would make the perfect number line activity.
I bought small label stickers and wrote a variety of fractions on them, then stuck them to the clothespins. I hung a string in the room, and we got to work. Students worked in small groups to order the fractions they had (by drawing a picture representation and discussion), then placed their clothespins on the
So, a $2.00 purchase from the Dollar Store (container and a pack of clothespins) magically turned what could have been a boring topic, into a great hands-on math lesson ... actually, multiple lessons. Just another reason to love the Dollar Store. ;)
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