Illustrating the Mathematics Standards

The following examples of student work illustrate achievement at the mathematics standard for year 3.

The task used in this illustration was part of a year 3–4 social sciences unit on how people cope in natural disasters. After listening to podcasts of children’s stories about the Christchurch earthquakes, one student asked: “What would happen if we had an earthquake and had to stay at school?”

After class discussion, the teacher set the following task on what supplies would be needed if everyone had to stay at school in an emergency.

The task relates to achievement objectives for Statistics from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.

Work in small groups to:

1. brainstorm what emergency supplies the school should have in case everyone has to stay overnight
2. check to see if these things are in the school
3. display the results of your investigation and be ready to explain them to the class.

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Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the year 3 mathematics standard are described below.  There is also an illustration of the year 4 standard for this task.

 New Zealand Curriculum: Level 2 National Standards: After three years at school In solving problems and modelling situations, students will: Statistics conduct investigations using the statistical enquiry cycle:- posing and answering questions - gathering, sorting and displaying category and whole-number data - communicating findings based on the data (statistical investigation) Statistics investigate questions by using the statistical enquiry cycle (with support):- gather and display category and simple whole-number data - interpret displays in context

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