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*.

### The Task

#### Counting Sheep

*Algebra*, Levels 2–3, page 10)

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.

Counting Sheep: Illustrating the year 3 standard

Counting Sheep: Illustrating the year 4 standard

Counting Sheep: Illustrating the year 5 standard

PDF of this task and Illustrations of the year 3, 4 and 5 standards (1.33MB)