Counting Collections

Counting Collections promotes number sense and can challenge students from level 1 through to level 5 of the curriculum.
Number sense is an essential foundation for students to be successful mathematicians.

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Years 1 to 3

I wonder

Cars, cars, cars

Count it (years 1-3)

Years 4 to 6

Covering our bases

How many pieces? (years 4-6)

Count it (years 4-6)

Years 7 to 10

Counting squares

How many pieces? (years 7-10)

The handshake problem


References for Counting Collections

Schwerdtfeger, J. K., & Chan, A. (2011). Counting Collections. Teaching Children Mathematics, 13(7), 356-361 (click to purchase article).

Gibbons, L., & Lomax, K., (2016). Counting Isn’t Just for Primary Grade Students. Blog post on

Boaler, J. (2008). Promoting ‘Relational Equity’ and High Mathematics Achievement Through an Innovative Mixed Ability Approach. British Educational Research Journal. 34 (2), 167-194