As teachers and students engage in Choral Counting together, they often get quite intrigued by what they are seeing in the numbers and begin to wonder which patterns might arise, where regularities might repeat, and why certain things are happening. The ongoing thinking and conversations propel teachers to engage students in this activity over and over, finding new ways to adapt and innovate based on what students are exploring.
We designed this Choral Counting Tool to support teachers in planning their count. What do you want to count by? Where do you want to start? Do you want the sequence to progress across the row or down a column? How many numbers do you want in that row or column? What would happen if you increased the number of rows? Are you interested in trying something totally new, like a fractions count? Do you think improper fractions or mixed numbers is the way to go? The list of questions continues, and we invite teachers to ask yourselves questions like these as you play around with a variety of counting sequences. As you test out new ideas, think about how you might try it with your students and what might happen.
Let yourself (and your students!) get intrigued by the many different ways we might engage in Choral Counting together.
To learn more about choral counting, pick up Choral Counting & Counting Collections: Transforming the PreK–5 Math Classroom by Megan L. Franke, Elham Kazemi, and Angela Chan Turrou.