Work Sample : Marley

Activity : Spotty Octopus

    Spotty Octopus - Marley : Commentary

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Marley has demonstrated a limited level of competence in grouping objects into equal parts to solve a division problem and using a pictorial representation to communicate understanding. An octopus with an incorrect number of legs and dots has been drawn but some attempt to show equal groupings has been made. To progress further, Marley needs to practise groupings of smaller numbers to consolidate the concept of sharing. To eliminate any difficulty the student might have with drawing, a template of an octopus could be provided. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing below the expected standard at the end of Kindergarten.

Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Working Mathematically
    Students ask questions and explore mathematical problems. They use everyday language, materials and informal recordings to demonstrate understanding and link mathematical ideas.
  • Number
    Students count to 30 and represent numbers to 20 with objects, pictures, numerals and words and read and use ordinal numbers to at least ‘tenth’ place. They manipulate objects to model addition and subtraction, multiplication and division. Students divide objects into two equal parts and describe them as halves. They recognise coins and notes.
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