1st Edition

Choral Counting & Counting Collections Transforming the PreK-5 Math Classroom

    In this influential book from collaborative authors Megan L Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK – 5 Math Classroom, explores ways in which two routines — Choral Counting and Counting Collections — can transform your elementary math classroom, your students' math understanding, and your partnerships with families. It paints a vision for how deeply and creatively children can engage with ideas of number and operations and mathematical reasoning through counting.

    Created with real educators' needs in mind and organized by grade-level band (preschool, K-2, and 3-5), inside this book you'll find:

    Easy-to-use planning templates to guide teachers in implementing these powerful routines

    A variety of student recording sheets for Counting Collections that allow teachers to enact different variations of this activity across the grades

    Guides for selecting Choral Counts that support grade-level standards and mathematical goals

    Goal charts that provide specific guidance on teacher language and moves

    Advice on supporting both students' mathematical and social goals through Choral Counting and Counting Collections

    The authors have collected the wisdom of math teachers and researchers across the country who explore activities that are both playful and intentional, simple and sophisticated. If you're looking for ways to bring new energy into your math instruction, Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK - 5 Math Classroom is the perfect book for you and your students.



    1. Introduction

    2. Counting Collections K-2

    3. Counting Collections 3-5

    4. Choral Counting K-2

    5. Choral Counting 3-5

    6. Preschool Connections

    7. Partnering with Families

    8. Conclusion

    Appendix 1: Counting Collections Recording Sheets

    Appendix 2: Choral Counting Planning Templates

    Appendix 3: Where to Find More Examples of Choral Counting and Counting Collections



    Megan L. Franke, professor of education at UCLA, is a researcher engaged with teachers to support student participation and sense making. A recipient of the 2012 AERA Research into Practice Award, she was elected to the National Academy of Education in 2017.

    Elham Kazemi is a professor of mathematics education at the University of Washington. She collaborates with schools to create professional learning communities where teachers learn from and with their students.

    Angela Chan Turrou, a senior researcher at UCLA, works to support preservice and inservice teachers across preschool and elementary settings to deepen teaching with children’s mathematical thinking at its center.