Help your kids to Learn skip counting patterns backwards and forwards with our SPECTACULAR Skip Counting By 2 Printables. Say goodbye to meaningless chanting and Mindless colouring-in activities that don’t teach kids how to skip count!
It’s time to BOOST your teaching skip counting activities. If you want to really help kids LEARN how to skip count you need teaching resources that will encourage them how to think mathematically about skip counting!
Have you ever seen kids colour in a skip counting pattern then 3 lines down just color in the rest of the number grid without looking at the numbers? Kids are smart and are wired to look for patterns. But they may not be the patterns you want them to see!
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Don’t get me wrong I absolutely love number charts and number grids, but they have to be the right ones and used properly. Remember when all number charts only went up to 100 and the trouble that caused for kids counting… 96,97,98, 99, 100, 200
and the issues with counting past 109… 101, 102, 103, 104, 105, 106, 107, 108, 109, 200!
Using number grids can cause similar issues for some kids. The focus becomes on the pretty visual grid pattern, ‘miss one colour’, which would be great if it were linked to the number pattern itself.
Sadly the number sequence patterns, the language, the predictions and explanations of the skip counting pattern is lost along with ability to apply their understandings to new situations!
Number grid activities can actually be counterproductive for some kids because they end up focussing on the wrong pattern!
Skip Counting More Than Chanting
Now you may be fooled by these kiddo’s, (they are smart and want to please us), and think that the kids DO get it, after all they can chant back the skip count.
But CHANTING is just that… a chant, a demonstration of a good memory not a good mathematician!
Eventually the memory will overload and fail. Only kids with true understanding will know how to manipulate skip counting sequencing with bigger numbers, start at any number, count backwards and cross over the decades with ease!
These kids will know when and how to use skip counting as a strategy and won’t touch one item and say ‘2’ or continue counting by 2’s when the collection ends in 1.
Skip Counting Games Printables
So before you rush into colouring in regular 100’s boards try our skip counting by 2 number mazes. We have put a lot of time into creating them so that help kids to learn deeply about number patterns. Our pack is perfect for individual student books or math centers.
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Skip Counting Classroom Decor
In the spirit of making your life easy we have also created some skip counting classroom decor.
We created these nifty skip counting charts. Now they’re not just your usual charts that you can get from anywhere, they are very CLEVER! We used color coding to help kids see the pattern. Not only that we grouped the number families by colour too ! NIFTY. Click the image below to see more…
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FREE Skip Counting Number Posters!
We made a set of number posters that have the skip counting sequence in it. Perfect little freebie for a visual prompt.
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The A Plus Teacher has been a Primary School Numeracy Curriculum Leader and Coach for 16 years and now advisors A Plus Teaching Resources about Teaching Numeracy
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