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Skip Counting

Download teachers' favorite printable skip counting worksheets and skip counting charts for your elementary classroom! Created by teachers, every resource in this math teaching collection has been reviewed by the expert teacher team at Teach Starter to ensure it's ready for your classroom and ready to help students build number sense and improve their math skills! Inside this collection, you'll find digital and printable resources designed around skip counting by 2, skip counting by 5, skip counting by 10, and more.

What Is Skip Counting?

Skip counting is a method of counting that involves adding or subtracting a specific number other than 1 to the previous number in a list. It gets its name because students "skip" numbers in this mathematics technique, rather than naming off numbers one by one. For example, when skip counting by 2s, a student may start with 1, but they'll move directly to 3, then 5, then 7, and so on. They're counting but they're "skipping" over the numbers 2, 4, 6, and so on. When skip counting, students can count by 2s, 3s, 4s, 5s, 6s, 7s, 8s, 9s, 10s, and so on. This method of counting can start at 0 or 1, or it can start further down the number line.

How to Teach Skip Counting and Why It's Important

Skip counting may sound like it's simply meant to make math fun, but this skill plays an important role in building number sense and laying the groundwork for young students to be successful at multiplication later on in elementary school. Skip counting is also crucial in helping students to recognize patterns in numbers and develop their fluency with numbers. But how do you teach skip counting? Here are some of our teacher team's tips on how to teach skip counting:
  1. Practice Skip Counting From Different Starting Points — You can skip count from 0, from 1, from 5, or just about anywhere. By starting at different points in the number line, students become more familiar with a variety of numbers and start to recognize patterns.
  2. Count Backward and Forward — Counting isn't just a forward process. It can go backward too!
  3. Make It Fun — Practice skip counting regularly with your class using any of the fun skip counting activities created by our teacher team from puzzles to scoot and counts.

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