Skip Counting With My Gnomies
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As I had mentioned, we’ve been working on skip counting in class with “Skip Counting with My Gnomies.”
My kiddos are expected to count change. Even though it isn’t a common core standard. Even though the California State Standard is open to interpretation on EXACTLY what they need to do. Regardless of all those “even thoughs”, our district has us test our kiddos on this extremely difficult skill. It’s stress inducing.
One of the most difficult parts of counting money for some of the kiddos is the simple fact that a seemingly arbitrary value is placed on the coins. Size doesn’t matter. Weight doesn’t matter. Thickness doesn’t matter.
So we got to talking about video games and how, many times, we are expected to collect things in games and those things give us various rewards. We never question that. We just learn what things are worth more and go for it!
I threw some playful mushrooms on my board – identified a few as worth 10 points, another few worth 5 and last a couple more worth 1.
Then we “hopped” over these various mushrooms skip-counting as we collected our points.
We have been practicing skip-counting – changing up the number we are counting by – to find various amounts. We started with a point total… like 25 then skip-counted our way across a multitude of point giving mushrooms.
Then we started just drawing circles… with amounts inside them… and skip counted. And what do you know? We were counting coins and didn’t even know it.
The common core devotee inside of me was very happy. The Momma Bear inside of me who doesn’t want her kiddos to do poorly on an unfair test was very happy.
I have fallen in love with teaching skip counting this way. I love that it applies to real-life. I love that the kids have an even more in-depth understanding of numbers. And I love it because it’s super adorable. 😀
So, even if you aren’t working on money, this is a great way to practice varied-amount skip-counting as well as correlate skip-counting to the real world.