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 lfh857 Joined: Aug 2009 Posts: 16 New Member
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Skip Counting Strategies
08-26-2010, 10:50 AM
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Does anyone have good ideas for teaching skip counting? My students come to second grade with a pretty good knowledge for 5's, 10's, and 2's but really struggle with 3's and 4's.

 kattlyn Joined: Jun 2008 Posts: 584 Senior Member
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skip counting
08-26-2010, 01:20 PM
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I bought kevin Schaffer's skip counting songs - they have catchy tune and they're funny.
You can go to his website or to songs for teaching--they have a sample of his 6's you can listen to---
Also, someone posted these
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oops - 1 more!
08-26-2010, 01:34 PM
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I almost forgot - awhile back you could download "Rockin the Standards" for really cheap - but a lot of people really like that cd--so you should look at them as well

 jlskinner3 Joined: Sep 2009 Posts: 148 Full Member
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skip counting song
08-26-2010, 02:27 PM
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Well, I guess it isn't a song, but it's an activity. This is called "Sparkle." Have the students stand in one large circle/oval around the class. You will go around the circle counting by 3's. The first student will say 3, the next will say 6, etc. You tell them that the Sparkle number is 24. So when a student says 24, everyone says "Sparkle" and the person that said 24 sits down. Counting then begins again at 3, then 6, etc and the class says "Sparkle when the next person says 24. It goes on till there is one student standing. They kids LOVE it.

I've done it with Kindergartener's and counting by 1's or the ABC's.

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Fun project
08-26-2010, 03:00 PM
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Last year we made a sort of counting tape with pictures we drew. Each student got a 3"x3" piece of white construction paper on which they drew a picture for our Skip Counting Number Line. For 3's, we drew insects because we had been studying them and insects have 3 body parts. Then I taped the pictures onto long strips of construction paper and we wrote the skip coutning numbers under the pictures: 3, 6, 9, etc. Someone else on my team drew snowmen. We had strips for 2's, 3's, 5's, and 10's. The kids really enjoyed making them.

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Thanks
08-26-2010, 04:37 PM
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I like the 'Sparkle' idea! Thanks for sharing.

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i use songs too but just tried a new idea
08-27-2010, 04:21 AM
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that I love. I was cleaning out my room and found 2 laminated multiplication charts. I cut each strip for each number. I had a long laminated strip of the 2's, 3's, 4's, etc. you get the idea. I put a strip on the board using magnets to hold it. I chose a number to focus on for the week, played that song, and had a student use a pointer to point to the numbers in the 3's as the singer sang the 3's song. Everyone else sings along of course. It has proven so effective! Also, when we are working out problem solving problems, I will break out into song and begin singing the song for that number on the cd to find the answer. The kids just automatically begin singing with me. I find them doing this on their own too to solve problems! Works like a charm!

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08-27-2010, 08:12 AM
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Go to Amazon MP3's and type in "counting by 3's" or whatever it is you're looking for. I find GREAT music for 99 cents when I need it on Amazon.

 polgacri Joined: Aug 2009 Posts: 72 Junior Member
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Skip-Counting
08-28-2010, 04:58 AM
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I still sing the SchoolHouse Rock song in my head for 3 skip counting! Maybe that would work too.

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The Sparkle game
08-28-2010, 06:13 AM
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I use this game for spelling and review of vocabulary but have not tried it with skip counting. Thanks for the wonderful idea.

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skip counting by 3s
08-28-2010, 09:11 AM
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I use to have my children memorize the numbers 3 6 9 2 5 8 1 4 7 0. I would write these numbers on the board and we would count to l00 by 3s. When counting to 100 or beyond, the numbers always ends with these numbers.

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08-28-2010, 01:11 PM
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I love the sparkle idea. I've used the game before with spelling, but I love this idea... thanks for sharing

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SPARKLE spelling game
08-28-2010, 07:44 PM
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I'm slow so can someone explain how this works?
I LOVE the skip count SPARKLE game!

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Sparkle Spelling
08-29-2010, 12:23 PM
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The students sit in a circle. You say a word for the students to spell. The students will spell the word around the circle one letter at a time. Once the last letter has been said, the next student says "sparkle". The student that says "sparkle" is out. If a student misspells the word or omits a letter they are also out.

eg. The word is "plate"

student 1: p

student 2: l

student 3: a

student 4: i (out)

student 5: t

student 6: e

student 7: sparkle (out)

Play continues until there is only one student left.

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