Task 258 | Grade 1 icon

Start/Stop Counting II

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

It is important to keep the counting moving quickly and smoothly so offering support to the students from the teacher by giving the number name to a student if they are struggling or having the whole group count with them until they can be independent is appropriate. The idea is not for the student to figure out the counting sequence but to hear it and practice it repeatedly in a facile manner. English Language Learners will often have trouble with the articulation of the 'teen' numbers saying 50 for fifteen, 60 for sixteen, 70 for seventeen or vise versa, so it is important to emphasize and model the proper articulation of these number names. Practicing the counting sequence going backward is a particularly important skill to develop in children; this supports student development with subtraction and can often pose difficulty.

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