**WAYS TO REINFORCE COUNTING ON**Teaching math in a way that reinforces concrete, representational, and abstract thinking will pay off as your students discover new, efficient strategies. If we want our students to think flexibly and strategically, we MUST provide them with the opportunity to SEE math. Please give your students ample time to work with manipulatives such as base 10 blocks, rekenreks, and ten frames (preferably all three). Experience with these manipulatives will give your students a visual – and as they work with counting on activities, they will be able to visualize the math in their heads. Too often we skip right to the paper and pencil work when it comes to math strategies. Time to work with concrete materials is essential to your students math fluency. When you are ready for paper and pencil tasks, here are some ideas for how you can reinforce the counting on strategy in your classroom. I have also included a free download to practice this concept at the end of this post. DICE OR DOT PATTERNS When first beginning to teach counting on, dot patterns can be an effective tool. Encourage your students to say the big number and then count on from there using the dots. For example, for the first example shown below, your students should say, “19,” and then count on: “20, 21.” TEN FRAMES To use a 10 frame, students can represent the equation with two different symbols or colors. NUMBER LINES Number lines are a fantastic tool for so many math concepts, so getting students started using them for beginning addition is a great idea. Encourage students to write the highest number and then use “jumps” to count on the smaller number. For the equation shown below (27+2), students would first write the 27 and then make two jumps to make a sum of 29.

**NEXT STEPS:**

- Find a Counting On Addition Strategy Unit here:

- If you would like full support for teaching addition strategies in your classroom, check out
**The Addition Station**HERE. - Download a FREE activity sheet for practicing the counting on strategy HERE.

- Find task cards to reinforce the counting on strategy in isolation here:

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What an awesome resource. I will definitely use this to assist my littles in understanding counting on. The dots and dice will also help with visual recognition.