Count By 5s Worksheets
Learning to skip count well really helps students form a solid foundation on number sense. Counting by 5s is usually the third phase of using working with this skill. It normally goes 2s, 10s, 5s, 3s, 4s as far as teaching the progression. I order them that way because I have always had success teaching in that fashion with my students. The goal is to get them to initially count forward, but before you are done you will want them to be able to do it in both directions. This is a series of worksheets and lessons that help students begin to count ahead by values of five.
Aligned Standard: 2.NBT.2
- Counting Candles on Cakes Step-by-Step Lesson- Just think of it like a whole bunch of 5 year olds had birthday parties together.
- Guided Lesson - Match the sequence of doors and find the missing values of the stop signs.
- Guided Lesson Explanation - We go over the concept of moving back and forth with counting patterns and patterns in general.
- Count by 2, 5, 10 Worksheet Five Pack - Figure out how the sequence goes and then fill in the missing numbers.
- Matching Worksheet - Match the counts to the missing numbers or the objects that they represent.
- Practice Worksheet - All kinds of mixed counts for you including: balloons, trees in the forest, people walking across the globe, and toy paints.
- Counting with Numbers from Number Range Five Pack - All kinds of assorted counts and skip counts.
- Answer Keys - These are for all the unlocked materials above.
Welcome grid counting into your life. It helps students organize their thoughts.
- Homework 1 - Practice a Count by sevens and twos.
- Homework 2 - Fill all the boxes pretty quickly.
- Homework 3 - These cubes go up by eights and nines.
The grid activities work great for this skill.
- Practice 1 - Watch out for that big wave!
- Practice 2 - A jump from tens to threes.
- Practice 3 - This really makes it jump around.
Math Skill Quizzes
Yes, these quizzes are bit more fun than your basic quiz.
- Quiz 1 - Fill up all those turtle shells.
- Quiz 2 - Complete all the snail shells.
- Quiz 3 - Don't let this one eat you up.
How Skip Counting Helps You Learn to Multiply
Learning how to multiply is a tremendous task. Believe me, I have taught children to do this for a little over 20 years now. I have tried pretty much every strategy I have read. One of the most successful transitions to get students to work with their times tables is using skip counting. I first begin with pairing the concept of multiplication with addition. Once they get that, we start skip counting by 10s because that is super simple to follow. Once they master that, we shift to multiplication through skip counting of 5s. That truly leads them right into working with any multiplicand of 10 or under. Skip counting helps you remember your counting and multiplication doing without using your calculator and fingers.
You can do skip counting using sounds, tapping fingers on the desk or only fingers. So how can you use sounds to do skip counting. Using sounds for skip counting is easy, you keep reading the multiples loudly and leave everything else like one, TWO, three, FOUR, five, SIX, seven, EIGHT, nine, TEN and so on. Suppose you are doing multiplication of Four then you would say it like: FOUR, five, six, seven, EIGHT, nine, ten, eleven, TWELVE, thirteen, fourteen, fifteen, SIXTEEN and so on. So, the idea here is to count all the numbers yet raise the volume on the desired number to train your brain for multiplication.
Multiplication and division are two of the most essential elements that students need to learn in their early academic years in school as most of what is next is a derived or modified form of it. These operations are all rooting from this method of counting.
There two methods I regularly use to slam this skill home. Counting ladders are great. Just get an image of a ladder, the more rungs (steps) the better. Start the foot of the ladder with the value you will be counting by and ask students to skip count that value all the way up the ladder. In this case the rungs would be 5 (start), 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, 35, 40, 45, 50, … (top of ladder). You can also practice this method of skip counting using a number grid which is just a whole bunch of ladder rungs for you to work with. They are effective because you can get a great deal of practice out of them.