Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100


Our Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100 lesson plan teaches students how to count to 1,000 by various factors. Students review place values and how these are used to determine number patterns before applying these skills to counting to 1,000.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to gradually build up to skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s.

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What our Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100 lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100 reviews place values and how these are used to determine number patterns. The lesson uses color-coded charts to give students a visual representation of place values and their accompanying patterns. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to count within 1,000 and skip count by 5, 10, and 100. This lesson is for students in 1st grade and 2nd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the blue box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson include pencils, pens, highlighters, clear sandwich bags, and scissors.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to this lesson is to gradually build up to skip counting by 5s, 10s, and 100s. You could reorder the lesson by beginning with the lesson activity. You can have your students practice skip counting with smaller end numbers like 300 or 400. Another optional adjustment to the lesson is to have your students skip count backward and forwards before moving to a larger end number. You could also always remind your students that skip counting is looking for patterns.

Finally, you could add a second pre-activity where you provide each student with an index card with a number on the card, have them line up in numeric order by 2s, take a picture and show the students what they look like, and then reverse the order so students can see how the line looks when organized from the greatest number to the smallest.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.


Skip Counting

The Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100 lesson plan includes three pages of content. When you play Hopscotch, you skip from one square to the next, skipping over the square with the bean bag. Similarly, we can skip to count!

Counting to 100 is easy, but you can also make it faster to count to 100 or even 1,000. We do this by skip counting. This is a good example of using patterns to make math easier. Math is full of patterns, or things that repeat. The lesson shows a pattern using shapes. By looking at the first part of the pattern, we can easily figure out which shape comes next.

Numbers also have patterns. For example, if you have all odd numbers with spaces in between them, you know that you can fill those spaces in with even numbers. In this case, we’re adding two each time.

Skip counting is when we count by numbers other than 1. In the previous example, you were skip counting by 2s. This helps us count faster because we use patterns. You simply continue the pattern to the end of what you’re counting.

If we’re counting small numbers, skip counting by 2s makes sense. However, what if we want to count to 100 or even 1,000? Counting to those numbers by 2s would take a long time, so we need to skip count by a larger number. The lesson includes example number lines that show how to skip count by 5s and 10s. The lesson closes with a chart and asks students to skip count by 5s to get all the way to 100, making sure to look for patterns!


The Counting to 1,000 by 5, 10, and 100 lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


For the lesson activity, students will work with a partner to play a skip counting game. They will cut out the cards on the activity pages, shuffle them, and put them in a sandwich bag to mix them up. They will then put the number cards in order by counting by 5 and 10. Next, their partner will close their eyes while the first student removes a card from the line. Their partner will open their eyes and figure out which card the first student removed.


The practice worksheet asks students to skip count by 100s to get to 1000 and skip count by 1,000s to get to 10,000. They will also answer a few questions about skip counting.


For the homework assignment, students will skip count to find the missing numbers on the worksheet.


This lesson also includes a quiz that you can use to test students’ understanding of the lesson material. For the quiz, students will count up from the numbers on the worksheet, writing the numbers that come next or skip counting by the amounts listed on the worksheet.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the practice worksheet, the homework assignment, and the quiz. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


1st Grade, 2nd Grade



State Educational Standards

LB.Math.Content.1.NBT.B.2.A, LB.Math.Content.2.NBT.A.2