Skip Counting:
Use a hundred chart to find patterns for skip counting.
Ask students to count by tens starting at 17 and stopping at 100. So students would say 17, 27, 37, 47, 57, 67, 77, 87, 97.
On a hundreds chart, color in all the numbers you say when you count by two and start with two. Ask your students questions like; Will you always get an even number? What happens when you skip count by 5's?

Start and Jump Numbers:
Display a hundreds chart so students can see the numbers. Have students make a list of numbers beginning with 4 and skip count by 5. The 4 is called the “start number” and the 5 is called the “jump number”. Ask the students what patterns they see.

Roll a Pattern:
Give students a number to use for skip counting, such as 2, 5, 10, 25, or 100. Have them generate a starting number by rolling a number cube or picking a number out of a card deck. Have students complete their number pattern.

Place Value Dice Roll
Have students roll a three-digit number with place value dice. Have students choose a ten or hundred to count forward to or backward from.

Pattern Riddles:
Have students write riddles about patterns for partners to guess. For example, my pattern skip counts by 10 and has 63 in it. What other numbers could be in my pattern?
This should be an ongoing activity and should be completed during morning work and not necessarily during the mathematics class.


Graphic Organizers in Math:
Put a rule (i.e. Skip counting by 3 in the center of a Frayer Model (Appendix B). Have students make different patterns that follow the skip counting rule.

Larry said that he would trade 2 new comic books for 3 old ones. Karen has 18 old comic books. How many new comic books will Larry give her in a trade? (Larry will give her 12 new comic books.)