Patterns with 2s, 5s, and 10s

Contributor: Elephango Editors. Lesson ID: 10072

"Skip counting" does not mean avoid using numbers! It is a quick way to count things by seeing and using patterns in groups. Using games and charts and your amazing brain, learn about skip counting!


Counting and Cardinality, Whole Numbers and Operations

learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


2, 4, 6, 8, Who do you appreciate? Skip counting, skip counting!

  • Do you know that cheer?
  • Do you appreciate skip counting?
  • You should, becuse it helps you count more quickly and will help you with multiplication when you are older. 2, 4, 6, 8; do you know what skip counting pattern those numbers make?

Skip Counting is counting by a number that is not 1.

Draw out a simple number line to see what skip counting looks like:

First, write out the numbers 1-8 on a piece of paper:

  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8.

Circle the 2, then the 4, then the 6, then the 8.

  • Do you see a pattern now?

You circled every second number; that means you were counting by 2s!

Let's learn more about counting by 2's with the video below!

Skip Counting by 2 | Math for 1st Grade & Kindergarten | Kids Academy:

  • Did you learn a lot about skip counting?
  • Do you remember what comes after 2 when you count by 2's?

It's 4!

  • What comes after 4?

It's 6!

  • What comes after 6?

It's 8!

Wow! Great work.

Now listen to the Count By 2 song from Mr. R's Songs for Teaching. It will help you remember how to count by 2's!

Continue on to the Got It? section to skip some bigger numbers!

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