## Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding At the Races: More Practice Counting Backwards - Section 1: Opening

I had an interesting discussion with a colleague about why I would dedicate two lessons on counting backwards when it is not a Common Core math standard for kindergarten.  I explained that counting backwards is an important foundational skill for subtracting.  Students can quickly learn to rote count backwards, but to really understand the numerals that are linked to those numbers and one-to-correspondence, they need instruction and practice.  As you can see from the video, the student can rote count.  I could have stopped at that point and said, "My students know this skill." I found this was not the case when I observed the guided and independent practice.  I will continue to work opportunities into my teaching that will have the students work with backwards counting with numerals.

At the Races-More Practice Counting Backwards from 10
Developing a Conceptual Understanding: At the Races-More Practice Counting Backwards from 10

# At the Races: More Practice Counting Backwards

Unit 6: Fun with Numbers 0-20 and Beyond
Lesson 15 of 21

## Big Idea: More practice counting backwards awaits with a fun lesson at the race track.

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Math, Number Sense and Operations, subtraction, SIOP, ELL, counting
40 minutes

### Joyce Baumann

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