How to teach skip counting

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  1. buterfly

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    Hi all! I'm looking for ideas to teach skip counting to a first grader. If anyone has any fun ideas that they could share, I would really appreciate it.

    Thanks so much!
     
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    We practice our skip counting during wiggle breaks.
     
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    I use the hundreds chart to teach skip counting. Also, there's a cute song I use w/ my students almost daily. It goes to the tune of 'Skip to my Lou' and it goes like this, "Skip count, skip count, count by 10s..... skip count, skip count, count by 10s..... skip count, skip count, count by 10s..... count by 10s to 100......10! 20! 30! 40! 50! 60! 70! 80! 90! 100!" And you continue with 5s, 2s, and so on.
     
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    Patterns and skip counting go hand in hand, so try using candy hearts or m&ms or even scraps of paper - do purple-green-purple-green for counting by 2s, purple-purple-green for counting by 3s, etc. I would be sure to have them line them up on a number line and circle the numbers you are counting by. When they advance to a 100s chart, have them place a heart/m&m/paper scrap on the number named when counting by ____s.

    You can also go around the room and have the kids count on for practice, popping up when they are the 3rd (or whatever) number.
     
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    Thanks so much! These all seem like really great ideas!
     
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    You could do this after they get the concept.

    I subbed in a class that played "wiggle on down." First you would pick a number like 10. The kids go around and count until person 10 who says "Wiggle on down" and sits down. Play continues (starting again at 1) until all the kids are seated. You could do the same thing but skip count. Choose 35 and have them count by 5. Or 18 and count by 2 etc...
     

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