The task used in this illustration was part of a reading response lesson in a year 1–2 class. The teacher had established the practice of a “question of the day” derived from a discussion topic, event, or reading. The students responded to the question by sticking magnetic strips with their names on them to the whiteboard. The teacher used the questions as the basis of her statistics programme, focusing on vocabulary and how to make summary statements about the responses to the questions.
After reading the story A Lion in the Meadow, a discussion started about whether the lion was real or imaginary. Several students made the observation that “it looks real” in the illustrations. The class decided to use the question of the day to ask who had seen a real lion.
The task relates to achievement objectives for Statistics from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.
How many in our class have seen a lion?
Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the mathematics standard are described below.