## Counting by 2’s Forward

Rationale: Another important math skill is to be able to count by numbers other than 1’s. Some count-bys are relatively more useful than others. Counting by 5’s has application to money and time-telling applications, while counting by 8’s has few directly applied uses, but is still useful when estimating. Being able to do fluent count-bys…

Dec
08

## Rote Counting Skills From 100 to 1

Rationale: In this exercise, we reverse the previous exercises to teach rote counting from 100 to 1. We will practice counting until the fluency level of 150 counts/minute with 2 or fewer errors is reached. First we will teach the students with the model available (See/Say Counting Backwards from 100-0). In the next task we…

Nov
25

## Rote Counting Skills From a Number to a Number (Forward) from Memory

Rationale: Until a student has well-developed counting skills, all other aspects of arithmetic will be difficult or impossible for them to do. Fluent counting skills are the basis for most other activities in arithmetic. There are a number of different components which make up the realm of counting skills that every student needs to be…

Nov
21

## Rote Counting Skills From a Number to a Number (Forward) : Part 2

Task 2: Rote Counting from a number to a number from memory. Think and Say Numbers from a number to a number (forwards) Materials: The numbers as printed from a particular number to some other number (forward). 37      41        (5) 23       31        (14) 86       89        (18) 49       53        (23)…

Nov
17

## Rote Counting Skills From a Number to a Number (Forward) : Part 1

Rationale: Until a student has well-developed counting skills, all other aspects of arithmetic will be difficult or impossible for them to do. Fluent counting skills are the basis for most other activities in arithmetic. There are a number of different components which make up the realm of counting skills that every student needs to be…

Nov
10

## Rote Counting Skills From 1 to 100

Rationale: In this exercise we will combine the previous exercises to teach rote counting from 1 to 100. We will practice counting until the fluency level of 150 counts/minute with 2 or fewer errors is reached. Now that the student has met the fluency standard for counting from 1 to 20, we can add the…

Nov
06

## Fluency and Counting Skills

There does not appear to be any particular standard to determine when counting skills are fluent or even adequate. Primary school teachers teach students to count until they ( the teachers) are content with the results, whatever those results may be. This lack of a consistent standard allows for a high degree of variation among…

Nov
03

## Using Recursive Patterns to Teach Skip-Counting

The Current Picture Being able to count groups by numbers other than 1 is a useful skill for multiplication and division, where, by definition, we are dealing with some number of groups of equal size. Schools do pay lip service to this idea, but usually only in a limited way. Typically they will give some…

Oct
30

## Skip Counting’s Importance to Arithmetic

I am currently assisting in a research project with faculty and staff from the University of Ottawa. The project will teach tutors to provide effective reading and math programs to approximately 80 foster children who are wards of two Children’s Aid Societies.  This work is a replication of a previous, successful research project led by…

Oct
28

## Rote Counting Skills from 1 to 20

Rationale: In this exercise we will combine the previous two exercises to teach rote counting from 1 to 20. We will practice counting until the fluency level of 150 counts/minute with 2 or fewer errors is reached. Now that the student has met the fluency standard for counting from 1 to 10, and the same…

Oct
20

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