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The following examples of student work illustrate achievement at the mathematics standards for years 2 and 3.


The task used in this illustration was part of a regular Number lesson in a year 2 class. The task relates to achievement objectives for Number and Algebra from the mathematics and statistics learning area in The New Zealand Curriculum.

The Task

Sorting Sports Balls

Make counters and “bags” available for students who may need or want to use them.

There are 12 balls to go into 3 bags.
Each bag should have the same number of balls.
How many balls should you put into each bag?

Some features of students’ work used to make judgments in relation to the mathematics standards are described below.

Sorting Sports Balls: Illustrating the year 2 standard
Sorting Sports Balls: Illustrating the year 3 standard

PDF of this task and Illustrations of the year 2 and 3 standards (1.02MB)