To practice counting backwards fluently.
Tell the children to pretend they are launching a spaceship by counting backward as a class from 10 to 0 (to blast off). As children become fluent, try counting backwards from 20 to 0 and then from 50 to 0. You may vary this activity by using a softer and softer voice until silent at 0.
Part 1, backwards counting from 10, is a warm-up. Part 2 moves to starting at 20, while the extension moves to starting at 50.
Let’s count backward, starting at 10 and ending at 0.
If children need more practice or are enjoying their mastery, repeat. If children are ready to move on, go to Part 2.
Let’s count backwards, starting at 20 and ending at 0.
If children need more practice, repeat. Or, when children seem excited for a new challenge, move to the extension.
Let’s count backwards, starting at 50 and ending at 0.