Skip counting by certain numbers, like 2 and 5 and 10, becomes so ingrained for most of us that we don’t think of it as a skill or something to master. But **skip counting is really important because it helps kids calculate more quickly and with more ease**. If that’s not enough, skip counting prepares kids for multiplication and division. In other words, **skip counting is essential. **

Teaching kids to skip count usually starts with some of the “easy” numbers I mentioned and focuses on skip counting forward (toward higher and higher numbers). Once students master that, however, they need to learn skip counting:

- with a wide variety of numbers
- forward and backward
- from any number
- past place value barriers

**Getting kids to be confident skip counters takes a lot of practice, and that should happen in class and at home. **

**Skip counting homework made easy**

I’ve found that **not all parents are familiar with the term skip counting**, even if they understand the concept, **so it’s helpful to send something home explaining what skip counting is and why it is important****.** Any worksheets you send home should have clear instructions, and it’s always helpful if students have done a similar activity in class.

**Here are three favorite activities to send home. **

**Skip counting patterns**

You can have students practice skip counting by any number with a hundreds chart. **Simply send home a hundreds chart with instructions on where to start, what number to skip count by, and how high to skip count.** Students should circle all of the numbers that they skip count to. For example, if they were skip counting by 3 starting at 3, they would circle 3, 6, 9, 12, 15 … and so on. If they were skip counting by 3 starting at 17, they’d circle 20, 23, 26, 29 … and so on.

**Because students sometimes get stuck at place value barriers like 100, you may want to use a number chart that goes beyond 100. **

You can also modify this activity to help students practice skip counting backward.

**Fill in the gaps**

Use a worksheet that shows students some of the numbers they would use for skip counting. For example **for skip counting by 4s, you could show 4, 8, 12 and then leave 4 empty boxes for students to fill in followed by 32, more empty boxes.** Continue as high as you like, and **leave different length gaps for students to fill in. **

**To help students practice skip counting backward, organize the numbers on your worksheet from highest to lowest. **

**Skip counting dot to dot**

Dot to dot activities are always a hit with my students. They like seeing the image emerge, and when they are done they can color it if they choose. **The only difference between skip counting dot to dot and regular dot to dots is that instead of moving from 1 to 2 to 3 to 4, students will move from one skip counting number to the next.** So if you were skip counting by 2s, they’d connect 2 to 4 to 6 to 8. Skip counting dot to dots can be made to practice skip counting by any number.

**Other skip counting homework ideas**

Other activities that lend themselves to skip counting homework are:

- Grouping—Have students circle groups for whatever number you are skip counting by.
- Missing numbers—Have students fill in the missing numbers on a game board by skip counting by a certain number.
- Find the odd one out—Give students a series of numbers and have them circle or color the one that doesn’t fit the skip counting pattern.
- More and less—Give students a random group of numbers. For each number have them identify X more or less (where X is whatever number you are skip counting by).
- Order the numbers—Have students put skip counting numbers in order from smallest to biggest or vice versa.

**Skip counting homework done for you**

You can certainly make up your own worksheets for skip counting using these different activities, but **wouldn’t it be amazing to just be able to print them and send them home with students? With the Fun Skip Counting Worksheet Bundle, you can do just that! **

The **Fun Skip Counting Worksheet Bundle includes 50 fun and easy to use skip counting worksheets** for multiples of 2, 3, 4, 5, and 10. Students practice skip counting with a variety of numbers both forward and backward. In addition to making excellent homework, the skip counting worksheets are perfect for morning work, small group work, use in a math station, ongoing assessment, and in-class practice or review. You can print them as one-time use worksheets or print them on cardstock and laminate them so that you can use them again and again with wipe-off markers.

Ready to make skip counting homework a lot easier and fun? Get your Fun Skip Counting Worksheet Bundle here >> **https://topnotchteaching.com/downloads/skip-counting-worksheets/**

## 0 Comments