This is the eighth blog post in a series about Counting Principles. These principles are helpful when developing children’s number sense. It’s not enough for them to learn to count by rote, they have to develop a strong foundation of numbers and counting.
Movement is Magnitude is the eighth principle that I am taking a deep dive into.
You can see the other Counting Principle blog posts here.
What is Movement is Magnitude?
It is an understanding that when you move up the counting sequence, numbers are increasing. When you are moving down the counting sequence, numbers are decreasing. The quantities increase/decrease by 1 or by whatever interval you are counting by.
Why is Movement is Magnitude important?
This skill is closely related to stable order, an understanding of number sequence and a deeper understanding of numbers.
Activities to Work on Movement is Magnitude
Building with blocks, or any kind of object that can be built into towers. When students are ready, they can start practicing their skip counting skills.
Movement is Magnitude Number Line
Cut out the number lines, glue the ends together and laminate. Students can build towers above each number in the box.
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If your students need more practice with their movement is magnitude, this pack will have them practicing in with a car!