1-2-3 Come Skip Count With Me
Do you read the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” by Margaret McNamara?
If you haven’t heard of it, click the LINK to see it on YouTube.
In the story, this is done via a small, medium & large pumpkin experiment, that Mr. Tiffin’s students take part in.
Skip counting is a standard most of us have on our “To Do” list, but finding interesting activities for practice can be challenging.
I use the story “How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin” as an excellent introduction to skip counting, then transition to the activities.
There’s a nice variety of worksheets.
These are great as table top activities, for early finishers, a homework assignment or a sub tub.
My students love the "Skip Count While You Connect the Dots" and the Bingo-dot worksheets.
They enjoy visiting this center, which I set up on a wooden TV tray.
My kiddos use an orange & yellow bingo dauber (you can buy them at The Dollar Store) to make an AB-AB color pattern, as they skip count and dot each numbered circle.
I keep mine in our math center and use them every year in October.
There are also black & white puzzle patterns, so children can color and make their own.
Finally, there is also a variety of games that your students will enjoy, while they learn & practice the various skip counting standards.
To save time, run the pattern off on orange construction paper, then have students add a bit of green crayon to the stem & vine.
They then cut out their pumpkin & insert the "slider" strip, with whatever set of skip counted numbers you want to work on.
If you want a bit of 3D pop, give kiddos a piece of green pipe cleaner to wrap around a pencil then poke into the stem and attach with a piece of Scotch tape.
It takes less than a minute to count together as a class.
Hang a set in the hallway, outside the bathroom, so when you're lining up waiting for children, you can practice!
As with the posters, there's a different one for skip counting by 2s, 5s & 10s.
There are two featured FREEBIES today. Both have a pumpkin theme.
The first is a sweet little "Welcome to our patch!" poster you can hang on your classroom door.
The other is a "Just For Fun" trace & color worksheet I designed after reading "Pete the Cat's 5 Little Pumpkins" story. Hope your kiddos enjoy it.
It's really a gray, overcast day, so no Mr. Sunshine to energize me; however, it makes for a great time to check a few things off my too-long "To Do" list.
Wishing you a terrific day filled with lots of fall fun.
"Try to learn something about everythig and everything about something." -Thomas H. Huxley