Lesson Plan

Skip Counting to Understand Multiplication

Teach your students to use skip counting as a strategy to multiply two single-digit factors.
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Learning Objectives

Students will be able to use skip counting as a strategy to multiply two single-digit factors.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments

Introduction

(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to join you as you count by two aloud. Count to 20.
  • Tell students, "We just skip counted by two."
  • Review: What is skip counting? (Counting by a number other than one.) Why do we do it? (To count numbers or items faster.)
  • Relate skip counting to multiplication (i.e., skip counting can help us understand multiplication because it helps us count in equal groups to reach a number, like counting ten groups of two to get to 20).

Beginning

  • Give students the definition of skip counting in their home language (L1).

Intermediate

  • Ask students to restate the relationship between skip counting and multiplication in their own words.
  • Have them turn and talk to a partner before sharing with the whole group.