Lesson 1: Getting Ready to Multiply


Activity 1: Skip Counting

Materials: abacus (kit)
Give your child the "Skip Counting" activity pages. Ask him to carefully follow the instructions on the activity pages, which ask him to use information and complete practice activities found at the following web link. (For example, for Question #1, he will read the information at the top of the webpage and then answer the question. For #2, he will read a section on the webpage, click the specified link, and then complete the exercise that displays.) He will complete some tasks on the website and others on the activity pages. Encourage him to complete the questions in the order outlined on the activity pages. Assist him as needed in following the instructions on the "Skip Counting" pages and navigating the website.

Tell him that while he already knows much of the information provided in this activity, the additional practice will help him as he moves forward with new information and skills. Note: Allow him to use an abacus as needed when he gets to Question #7.
Web Link
Answer Key:
  • 1) to count things more quickly, to help with multiplication
  • 5) 0, 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24
    What number will come next if you continue to count by 3? 27
  • 6) 0, 4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24
    What number will come next if you continue to count by 4? 28

Activity 2: Skip Counting Patterns on the Number Grid

Materials: colored pencils
Your child will complete the "Skip Counting Patterns" sheets by coloring the numbers that he comes to when he counts by the number specified on each sheet. For example, on the "Skip Counting by 3" sheet, he will color the numbers that he comes to as he counts by 3 starting at 3: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18, 21, 24, and so forth to 100. Tell him to choose a different color for each sheet. Before he begins working, ask, "On which sheet do you think you'll color the most numbers?" and "On which sheet do you think you'll color the fewest numbers?" Ask him to explain his thinking.

If needed, ask him to show you how he will count up on the number grid, and make sure that he begins counting right after the last number and then counts the correct number of spaces (corresponding to the target number). Encourage him to work slowly and carefully so that he colors the correct numbers on each sheet.

Once he's finished coloring each number grid, he should store them in his Interactive Notebook.
"Skip Counting Patterns" Answer Key