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  • 0:05 Counting by Adding One
  • 1:22 Using a Number Line
  • 1:54 Using Number Words
  • 2:10 Using Skip Counting
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Instructor: Rayna Cummings

Rayna has taught Elementary Education for 12 years (in both 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades) and holds a M.Ed in Early Childhood Education from The Ohio State University

Counting the numbers 1 to 50 can be done in different ways using various images and techniques. Let's keep reading to learn more about the numbers 1 to 50.

Counting by Adding One

Close your eyes and count the numbers 1 to 50. How did you count them? Did you see a number line? Did you use the number words? Did you skip count? Counting the numbers 1 to 50 can be done in different ways.

If you counted one by one, you did it as follows:

1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50

Did you know that when you are counting from 1 to 50, like in the example, you are actually doing addition and adding one to each number? Every number in the range is one more than the last number before it.

Take a minute and find some things around your house that you can practice counting by ones to 50. For example, you could count from 1 to 50 using buttons, Cheerios, pasta noodles, and cotton balls.

Using a Number Line

Counting numbers 1 to 50 on a number line helps you see a visual in your mind and keep the numbers in the correct order.

A 1-50 number line

A number line can further help you understand how to fill in missing numbers from 1 to 50. For example, what number is missing in the number line?


By being able to count from 1 to 50 using a number line, you can identify that the missing number is 31. You can do this by looking at the number that came before the missing number on the number line, which is 30, and the number that came after the missing number on the number line, which is 32.

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