Counting Sheep: Illustrating the year 5 standard
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
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. There is also an illustration of the year 3 standard and an illustration of the year 4 standard for this task.
New Zealand Curriculum: Level 3  National Standards: By the end of year 5 
In solving problems and modelling situations, students will:


Number and Algebra

Number and Algebra

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