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Tch DIY: Introducing the Choral Counting Number Routine

June 23, 2017 / by Kristin Gray

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Seeing math routines through the lens of every grade level has been such an amazing experience. While I've remained fairly consistent in the types of routines filmed in the kindergarten, third, and fourth grade classrooms, I've introduced a new routine to this first grade collection called Choral Counting.

Choral Counting is an activity in which students count together by a given number as the teacher records the count on the board. The purpose of a choral count is not just to practice rote counting, but to engage students in reasoning, predicting, looking for patterns, and justifying things they notice in the count.

Choral Count Math Routine: First Grade

VIDEO: Choral Count Math Routine: First Grade

If you've never heard of Choral Counts before, you should definitely check out the University of Washington’s site Teacher Education by Design, and watch this Teaching Channel video with Laretha Todd. I've also included some links to other resources in the "Reflection and Resources" PDF under the Supporting Materials in the right-hand column of each video’s page, next to the comments area.

I hope you enjoy the videos and as always, I look forward to learning with you. Please leave your feedback, questions, and ideas in the comments section so we can continue the conversation.

Topics: Math, Technology in the Classroom, Video Playlist

Kristin Gray

Written by Kristin Gray

Kristin Gray, a National Board Certified, 21-year veteran teacher of grades 5-8, is currently the Director of K-5 Curriculum and Professional Learning at Illustrative Mathematics (IM). She has served as a writer for the IM 6-8 math curriculum and as a Teaching Channel Laureate. Kristin has developed and facilitated mathematics professional learning at district, state, and national levels and presents annually at the NCSM and NCTM conferences. To reflect on her experiences, she blogs and connects with educators on Twitter, @MathMinds. Kristin has a B.S. in Elementary Education with a concentration in mathematics from the University of Delaware, a M.Ed. in applied technology in education from Wilmington University, and is the 2014 Presidential Awardee for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.

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