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MathBait™ Multiplication

The Whisper Game (Part 2)

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Revisit The Whisper Game to help students build fluency in skip counting by new values. In this activity, we focus on skip-skip counting to continue to support student number sense and the patterns within values while also building on their existing understanding to grow their abilities.


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As students are already familiar with The Whisper Game, this is a great time to circle back and practice counting by new values.

Begin by practicing counting by 2's (2, 4, 6, 8, ...). Then count by 4's by whispering the in-between numbers and shouting out the multiples of 4. Students can continue to use their strips from Sticker Sheets as a visual guide to help them organize information.

Give students time to get used to counting by 4's. Allow them to whisper the in-between numbers until they feel more confident. When ready, have students count by 4's and add to their table.

Now introduce skip-skip counting. Still focusing on 2's, skip two numbers (tap, tap, clap) to call out 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, .... Ask students what we are counting by now (6's). Move onto skip counting by 3's (3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18). What are we counting by now? (Still 6's!). Discuss which method they like better to count by 6's, skip-skip counting 2's or skip counting 3's. There is no right answer. It will likely depend on if the student is more comfortable with 2's or with 3's. Ask students why do both methods work? Use their sticker strips to highlight that we can make a 6 with 3 of the two strips or with 2 of the three strips.

Practice skip counting 5's to count by 10's (although many students pick up on 10's right away, the idea is to highlight how 10's are also constructed from two 5's) as well as skip-skip counting 3's to count by 9's. Ask students to come up with their own strategy for counting by 8's (as 8 is made of 2's, we can skip-skip-skip count to find 8's).

When students are comfortable, they can add the new values to their chart.

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