Fill those extra ten minutes of math time with this fun counting activity. Given a short sequence of numbers, young mathematicians stand in a circle and count one-by-one until the last number is reached, at which point the whole group claps and the last child has a seat in the middle of the circle. The rest of the group then repeats the process until only one person is left standing. The flexibility of this activity allows teachers to choose number sequences that focus on specific trouble spots, or that introduce students to skip counting and counting backward. This quick and simple activity can be performed anytime, anywhere and engages primary grade learners in developing this fundamental math skill.

##### Pros

- Includes special considerations for English Language Learners
- Offers suggestions for adapting the activity to meet the learning needs of all students

##### Cons

- As the activity progresses, fewer and fewer students participate

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