Work Sample : Alex

Activity : What's the problem?

    What's the problem? - Alex : Grade Commentary

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Alex has demonstrated sound knowledge and understanding of fractions using all four operations to give the answer 1.5. An adequate level of competence is evident in the word problems but half of these are incorrect. Both fraction and decimal sums have been used. Alex has made an attempt at algebra but this was not successful. This work sample demonstrates characteristics of work typically produced by a student performing at grade C standard at the end of Stage 3.

Grade C

The student has a sound knowledge and understanding of the main areas of content and has achieved an adequate level of competence in the processes and skills.

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Foundation Statement strands

The following strands are covered in this activity:

  • Working Mathematically
    Students ask questions and undertake investigations, selecting appropriate technological applications and problem-solving strategies. They use mathematical terminology and some conventions and they give valid reasons when comparing and selecting from possible solutions, making connections with existing knowledge and understanding.
  • Number
    Students read, write and order numbers of any size, selecting and applying appropriate mental, written or calculator strategies for the four operations. They compare, order and perform calculations with simple fractions, decimals and simple percentages and apply the four operations to money in real-life situations. Students place the likelihood of simple events in order on a number line from 0 to 1.
  • Patterns and Algebra
    Students record and describe geometric and number patterns using tables and words. They construct, verify and complete number sentences involving the four operations.
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