In this lesson, we will focus on skip counting by threes. If your child has already been through the lessons on counting by twos, then most of the worksheets here will look familiar.
If you have not gone over the lesson on twos yet, I would highly recommend that you do so. It is one of the easier numbers to begin learning how to skip count. Threes shouldn't be too hard either, but they may come easier to your child if you build upon the skills learned in the lesson on 2's.
If you are ready to move on, then check out these worksheets and activities to help your student learn their multiplies of three in fun ways!
You will want to start by printing out the number grid that highlights the multiples of threes. Go over the numbers with your child and show how the numbers in red are all multiples of three. This is a simple study guide that you can use to point out all of the different multiples of three.
From there, you can download the worksheets and practice counting by threes.
In the first worksheet, there are five different boxes. In each box there is a set of keys with three keys on each key ring. Be sure to point out to your child that there are three keys, otherwise, they may find it confusing that they are counting one set of keys as three. Show your child how you can quickly count the number of keys in each box by skip counting by threes. Write the total number of keys in the box provided.
The remaining worksheets all follow this same teaching concept, but with different items. One paper has bunches of bananas in threes, another has groups of pencils, tacos, or flowers. Again, when you're using these activities, be sure to point out the groups of three and how we are skip counting the groups to quickly find the totals for each item.
In addition to these worksheets, you can use object lessons as well, such as separating marbles, checkers or familiar small toys to practice counting by multiples.
Turn daily tasks into practice opportunities. For example, if you are making supper you can pull out a carton of a dozen eggs and have your child count them by twos, threes, fours, or sixes.
This type of practical reinforcement relates math activities to practical use and makes math part of their everyday life, helping them to remember the lesson more concretely.
Continue learning about skip counting with the lessons below or go back and review previous units.