The task used in this illustration was one of several used by a teacher as part of a unit on multiplication and division. The teacher gathered samples of students’ work as evidence of their ability to apply multiplicative strategies in a variety of contexts.
The task relates to achievement objectives for Number from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.
1 sheep has 4 legs:
- How many legs do 4 sheep have altogether?
- If there were 44 legs, how many sheep would there be?
Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the mathematics standards are described below.