Sunday, September 16, 2007

What is skip counting?

Skip counting is when you count forwards or backwards by a number other than 1. Skip counting helps students count many things quickly. This is also an introduction to multiplication. When students are first learning to skip count, it is helpful to use a hundreds chart or number line.

This website has an excellent introduction. http://www.mathsisfun.com/numbers/skip-counting.html It also has practice for students to skip count forward. If skip counting is easy for your child, there is also practice skip counting backwards.

Some great activities to do at home include:

1. Have students color the multiples they are counting by on the hundreds chart. For example, have them select a color and color all the squares that are multiples of two the same color. The chart becomes a great visual for skip counting by 2's, 5's, and 10's.

2. Have students draw out a number line to show what they are counting by.
3. Play some of the excellent games below:

**Excellent game** http://members.learningplanet.com/act/count/free.asp

Several more games can be found near the bottom of this site http://www.aaamath.com/g25f2-countby5.html#section2

4. Go through some of these practice pages:

Great practice pages: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/math/counting/skipcounting/

Remediation skip counting tips: http://www.glc.k12.ga.us/passwd/trc/ttools/attach/parent/10ways/TenWaysSkipCount.doc

Remediation skip counting practice: http://www.justforkidsonly.com/mathskipcounting.htm