September 25, 2013

Hands on Skip Counting

 I'm so thankful our district got rid of math textbooks! I mean, who wants to teach math lessons  using awful workbook pages day after day?? Not this teacher. We had a blast learning and practicing our skip counting last week.
Most of my firsties come knowing how to count by 10's, about half proficiently counting by 5's, and maybe 1 or 2 who can count by 2's...which is pretty much like pulling teeth. Since it's going to take us awhile to "get good" at counting by 2's, that's what we started off our week with.


I sent home a note a week prior to beginning skip counting requesting each child bring a pair of clean socks.

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 The following day we devoted to skip counting by 5's. I passed out manila paper to each student, had them trace their hand, number their fingers, and cut out. We glued them on a large chart, counted, and labeled them as we counted by 5's as a class.

We glued this freebie in our math journal and labeled these hands. What a great tool to use to practice!
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Our most fun day of all was learning to count by 10's {which most already knew so I had to make it fun!}. Cup stacking was big at our school last year, so what better way to practice counting by 10's. I bought enough cups so each student could make their own set.

Together, we labeled each cup from 10 to 100.
We practiced stacking our cups. 
Best of all, we had a counting by 10's cup stacking competition!
AND got to take our set of cups home to practice!


  1. Cute! I am excited to try the cup stacking! Wish we would get rid of our math workbooks!
    Two Friends In First

  2. My math workbooks are sitting on a shelf collecting dust! I think I have torn out maybe 4 pages. We have a new series this year, don't know why, and fortunately we don't have to use it 100% of the time!

    An Apple a Day in First Grade

  3. What a terrific idea with the cup stacking! I love all of your activities! Lucky you! I would love to do away with my math book, but we are supposed to be following a pacing guide to the T.
    I'm Not Your Grandpa, I'm Your Teacher

  4. This is brilliant!!! Love all of these "outside of the box" ways to teach skip counting. SOOOO much better than a textbook worksheet. Can't wait to try these out with my kiddos. :)

  5. I was thinking as I was reading this that I will need a note for socks for when we start skip counting (we are doing the same clothesline activity) and then my eyes met the one you made!!! Thanks SOOOO much! Saved me some precious time! :)

    Tales of Frogs and Cupcakes