A screenshot of Rocket Math's Worksheet program for skip counting practice.

Skip Counting Learning Track

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What is Skip Counting?

Not counting while skipping!  Learning to skip count by fours is to learn this sequence by memory: “Four, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36, 40.” Skip counting is also known as learning the “count-by” series.

Why teach skip counting?

Skip counting is the best way for students to prepare for multiplication. It teaches the concept of successive addition which is the root of multiplication.  In addition, skip counting helps prepare the ground for memorizing the multiplication facts.  Students who have learned to skip count find the chore of memorizing multiplication facts much easier. This Learning Track is excellent for second or third grade students after learning addition and subtraction facts and before learning Multiplication facts. Skip counting is not something older students past fourth grade really need to do, and of course, it’s no longer useful once multiplication facts have been committed to memory.

Each series is broken into easy-to-learn parts

Students learn part of each sequence on a page, then the next page they learn the rest. For example: in Set O students learn to count by 3s to 12, (3, 6, 9, 12) then in Set P they learn to count by 3s to 21 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21), and then in Set Q they learn to count by 3s to 30 (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, 27, 30).

How does Skip Counting teach?

As in most Worksheet program Learning Tracks, students practice with a partner who has the answers. Because of the way the rockets go around the page (see above), students and their checkers will have to pick up the pages and turn them as they are working. You’ll be able to see if they are really engaged and they will have fun turning the page around. The test in the center has them write the count-by series they have learned for one-minute and they need to meet or beat their best–just like the rest of Rocket Math. Here is the sequence students will learn in this order: 2s, 5s, 10s, 9s, 4s, 25s (so they can count quarters), 3s, 8s, 7s, and 6s. Probably our most fun Learning Track.

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