- Passing a toy or foam ball around in a circle and skip count. For example, at night, have the class sit down for a minute and pass a ball around and count by 5's until someone in the group reaches 100.
- Keep track of how many days you are in school! One way is by keeping a number line, which also helps with another math skill: number lines! One easy way to do this is with register paper. Each day add the number of days you have been in school, and circle or write in a different color of marker the skip counting numbers. For example, write numbers in black, but numbers counting by 2's in green, numbers counting by 5's in purple, and numbers counting by 10's in orange(and perhaps circle these too!).
- When introducing money, introduce a coin at a time. Casually point out pennies count by 1, nickels by 5, and dimes by 10. Just knowing this will make teaching money (a very difficult skill for children) much easier.
Finally, as a huge technology advocate, I always have a technology extension to go along with each skill. For hundred boards, it is Oswego City School District's game Give The Dog a Bone! I have never met a student that did not LOVE this game! Students are given a blank hundred board and one minute to find ten hidden bones for a dog. They are given a number and must find where it is located on the blank hundred board. (This is where are the skills we have worked on pays off - such as knowing where the 2's, 5's, and 10's are... if you know where 20 is on a hundred board, you can easily find 23.) Students love the fun challenge, and they're learning at the same time! Have fun working on those hundred board skills! I'll be back on August 9th!