Start/Stop Counting II

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Take stroll around the classroom while teaching young mathematicians to count fluently with this whole-group math activity. The teacher starts things off by walking around the room while counting up from the number one and continues until he/she stops and taps a student on the shoulder. At this point, the teacher and student switch positions and the child resumes the count, with this process being repeated until the entire class has been given the chance to participate. Once students are comfortable counting forward by ones, consider extending the activity by introducing skip counting or counting backward. Use this activity as a transition into daily math lessons, or to fill time following a lesson that ends early.

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CCSS: Designed

  • Includes special considerations for English language learners
  • Lesson explains trouble areas where children may need additional support

  • Only one student at a time can participate in the activity
Common Core