September 28, 2019

Skip Counting Offers Valuable Multiplication Practice

Mastering the basic multiplication facts is a major component of elementary school mathematics education.  Trying to memorize so many facts can be challenging and frustrating for young learners.  It is important to provide early exposure and offer a wide variety of strategies and activities to promote familiarity with the basic multiplication facts.  Skip counting practice lays an early foundation for multiplication mastery.  Students don’t even need to be introduced to the concept of multiplication to be able to skip count. 

We usually start with counting by 2’s, 5’s, and 10’s.  A lot of emphasis is given to this set of skip counting patterns, but we should encourage learners to work on counting by other numbers as well.
Since multiplication is simply repeated addition, when we practice counting by 3’s we are practicing the multiply by 3 facts and the multiples of 3.

Click on the image below to view the Winter Skip Counting puzzles.

Puzzles and games are always a great motivator for students.  For this reason, I have created several sets of fun skip counting puzzles that will encourage students to work on this important skill in a non-threatening manner.  Each puzzle activity is self-checking and can be differentiated to address a variety of levels.  I am offering a FREE sample of two skip counting puzzles exclusively on the blog.

Click on the image below to download the FREE sample.

The puzzles look great printed in color on white paper or printed in grayscale on colored paper.  For durability and extended use, I recommend printing on cardstock or heavy paper.

Click on the image below to view the Halloween Skip Counting Puzzles.

Choose between Jumbo Large-Size puzzles and Small Ink-Saver versions.  The jumbo puzzles are perfect for young learners and little hands.  The small puzzles are more appropriate for upper elementary students.

Click on the image below to view the Valentine Skip Counting Puzzles.

Encourage students to build each puzzle and then read the skip counting sequence of numbers to you, to a partner, or to themselves.  Hearing and seeing the pattern of numbers over and over again is what leads to future fluency.

Click on the image below to view the Back to School Skip Counting Puzzles.

Each complete collection of puzzles available for purchase in my TPT Store includes 14 sets of skip counting patterns.  I recommend using all of these puzzles with young learners.  They will benefit from the exposure to all the skip counting sequences found on these puzzles.

Use the labels provided with each set of puzzles to create individual packets for morning activities, early finishers, or as an option in your math center.

As an additional way to offer differentiation, each puzzle is provided in an editable PowerPoint format.  While working with younger students, you may wish to create sets of puzzles for counting from 1 to 10, 11 to 20, 21 to 30, etc.  Or you may create more advanced puzzles to challenge your learners.

Click on the image below to view the Editable Back to School Skip Counting Puzzles.

Happy teaching,
Janet Mitchell

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