Introduction to Numeral Rolls

Post date: Jan 13, 2017 5:32:30 PM

Doing counting and numeration 1-100 or 1-200?

When using a hundred square do you notice how the children often have difficulty counting from 10 to 11, 20 to 21 etc?

If you answered yes to both questions above then you should consider using a numeral roll instead with these children.

A numeral roll, (you can download one here) resembles a hundred square (see opposite), except that you need to cut your printed/photocopied template into horizontal strips.

This done, you sellotape the ends of these together so that you have a big strip from 1-100, 1-200 etc .

I find it's a good idea to store these curled up around both ends and held in the middle with a paperclip; that way you can easily hold it in both hands and only reveal one number at a time, allowing you to ask "What number comes before? What number comes after?"

Another option is to take an A4 coloured page, in which you cut 2 small vertical openings (equal in width to the width of the numeral roll) and have them the same distance apart as the width of a number cell. This way you can thread the numeral roll through the back so that only one number is visible to the children at any one time (ie they can tell you what comes before and after and you can slide to check)

Obviously because of its small size, it's not really suitable for using with a whole class and thus would be most suited to small groups eg learning support withdrawal groups, and an instructional station as part of station/team teaching etc. It would also be a handy go-to tool in a class to address needs as they arise.

If you want some more ideas for how to use a numeral roll:

And for more ideas on counting and numeration with the younger classes, please check out another of my posts Count on me...