On the other hand, the Hundreds Board can also be confusing when skip counting because there are so many others numbers listed which easily create a distraction. I have found that

**Pattern Sticks**work much better because the number pattern the student is skip counting by can be isolated.

**Pattern Sticks**are a visual way of showing students the many patterns that occur on a multiplication table. Illustrated below is the pattern stick for three. As the student skip counts by three, s/he simply goes from one number to the next (left to right).

For fun, I purchase those scary, wearable fingers at Halloween time. (buy them in bulk from

*The Oriental Trading Company*- click under the fingers for the link.) Each of my students wears one for skip counting activities. I call them the

**Awesome Fingers of Math**! For some reason, when wearing the fingers, students tend to actually point and follow along when skip counting.

Most students enjoy skip counting when music is played. I have found several CD's on Amazon that lend themselves nicely to this activity. I especially like Hap Palmer's

**Multiplication Mountain**. My grandchildren think his songs are catchy, maybe too catchy as sometimes I can't get the songs out of my mind!

Think about this. As teachers, if we would take the time to skip count daily, our students would know more than just the 2's, 5's and 10's. They would know

**all**of their multiplication facts by the end of third grade. And wouldn't the fourth grade teacher love you?!?

**If you like this finger idea, be sure that each student uses the same finger every time to avoid the spreading of germs. Keeping it in a zip lock bag with the child’s name on the bag works best. (Believe it or not, when I taught fourth grade, the students would paint and decorate the fingernails!)**

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