Going to a Movie

Mr. Murphy is taking some students to see a movie. Mr. Murphy needs a seating arrangement for thirty students. Mr. Murphy wants an equal amount of students in each row. What are all the possible seating arrangements Mr. Murphy can make? Show all your mathematical thinking.

Plan

Underlying Mathematical Concepts

Possible Problem-Solving Strategies

Formal Mathematical Language and Symbolic Notation

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Possible Solutions

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Assess

Anchor Papers

Novice

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Apprentice

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Practitioner

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Expert

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This student does not meet the standard.

Novice 1

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Novice

The student's strategy of diagramming seats in four unequal rows and stating which seats would suit students of various heights would not lead to a correct solution. The student's answer, "Do it this way," is incorrect.

Reasoning & Proof

Novice

No correct reasoning of the underlying mathematical concepts of using multiplication and division within 100 involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities is evident. The student does not demonstrate any understanding of arrangements of equal groups, arrays, or factors of 30.

Communication

Apprentice

The student correctly uses the mathematical term diagram and indicates understanding of the term but not the concepts involved in the task.

Connections

Novice

The student does not make a mathematically relevant observation about her/his solution.

Representation

Apprentice

The student's diagram represents seats but the purpose of the seats representing students of various heights is not appropriate to the task.

Overall Achievement Level:

Novice

This student does not meet the standard.

Novice 2

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Apprentice

The student's strategy of using diagrams to show arrangements/arrays of the student seating would work to solve the problem. The student only correctly diagrams a 3 x 10 and 10 x 3 arrangement so she/he arrives at a partially correct answer.

Reasoning & Proof

Apprentice

The student has some correct reasoning of the underlying mathematical concepts of using multiplication and division within 100 involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities. It is unclear why the student makes a 1 x 32 and a 32 x 1 arrangement.

Communication

Novice

The student does not use any mathematical language or notation. Scribing for this student may have led to use of mathematical language.

Connections

Novice

The student does not make a mathematically relevant observation about her/his solution.

Representation

Apprentice

The student attempts a diagram but only two arrangements/arrays are appropriate. No key or text is provided to support the arrangements/arrays.

Overall Achievement Level:

Novice

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This student does not meet the standard.

Apprentice 1

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Apprentice

The student's strategy of making a diagram and key of one possible seating arrangement for 30 students and then using grid paper to diagram that arrangement and five others would work to solve the task. The student does not diagram all the possible arrangements. The 2 x 15 and 15 x 2 arrangements are missing.

Reasoning & Proof

Apprentice

The student's solution contains some understanding of the underlying mathematical concepts of equal groups/arrays, but there are gaps in how the student solved the task and the reasoning used. It is not clear why the student draws six arrays and states an answer of ten. Two arrangements/arrays are labeled 1 x 2, which is not consistent with the others.

Communication

Practitioner

The student correctly uses the mathematical term arrangement from the task. The student also correctly uses the mathematical term key.

Connections

Novice

The student does not make a mathematically relevant observation about her/his solution.

Representation

Apprentice

The student's use of two different types of diagrams to show arrangements of student seating is appropriate to this task. The student's first diagram is accurate for one possible arrangement. There is a key to define the "kids" seating in each row and column. The student's arrangements/arrays on the grid paper all lack labels or a key to indicate what the arrays are indicating. The two 1 x 2 diagrams should read 1 x 30 and 30 x 1.

Overall Achievement Level:

Apprentice

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This student does not meet the standard.

Apprentice 2

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Apprentice

The student's strategy of using a diagram to make arrangements of how to seat 30 students would work to solve the task. The student's solution is correct for only part of the task. The student only identifies six of the eight possible seating arrangements.

Reasoning & Proof

Practitioner

The student demonstrates correct reasoning of the underlying mathematical concepts of using multiplication and division within 100 involving equal groups, arrays, and measurement quantities that is necessary to solve the task.

Communication

Practitioner

The student correctly uses the mathematical term arrangement from the task. The student also correctly uses the terms diagram and factors. The student uses the mathematical notation 10 x 3 (10 by 3), 3 x 10, 6 x 5, 5 x 6, 1 x 30, 30 x 1.

Connections

Practitioner

The student makes a mathematically relevant observation about her/his solution, "They are all factors of 30—5, 6, 10, 3, 1, 30." The student does not need to list all the factors of 30.

Representation

Apprentice

The student's diagram is appropriate but not accurate. There is no key or text to indicate that the arrays represent student seats. The 2 x 15 and 15 x 2 arrays are missing.

Overall Achievement Level:

Apprentice

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This student meets the standard.

Practitioner 1

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Practitioner

The student's strategy of making a diagram of arrays to find eight seating arrangements works for solving this task. The problem asks, "What are all the seating arrangements Mr. Murphy can make?" The student correctly diagrams eight arrays/arrangements and is not required to state 5 x, etc.

Note: Students can just indicate four possible arrangements for a correct answer as the understanding of Commutative property can be assumed.

Reasoning & Proof

Practitioner

The student demonstrates correct reasoning of the underlying mathematical concepts of arrangements/arrays.

Communication

Practitioner

The student correctly uses the mathematical terms arrangement, equal, amount, row from the task. The student also correctly uses the terms array and key. The student does not use the term "multipuls" (multiples) correctly so it cannot be considered as a mathematical term for this task.

Connections

Practitioner

The student connects her/his arrays to the factors of 30 in two ways. The student shows 1 with 30, 2 with 15, 3 with 10, and 5 with 6. The student also lists the multiplication notation with the reversals 3 x 10 = 30, 10 x 3 = 30…. The student does not earn credit for stating, "multipuls" 30, 60, 80, 100, because this is not correct.

Representation

Practitioner

The student's arrays are appropriate and accurate for this task. A key is provided to define what the arrangements/arrays are representing.

Overall Achievement Level:

Practitioner

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This student meets the standard.

Practitioner 2

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Expert

The student's strategy of making a table to find the eight possible arrangements/arrays for thirty people works for solving the task. The student's answer, "2 x 15, 6 x 5, 1 x 30, 3 x 10, 10 x 3, 30 x 1, 15 x 2, 5 x 6," is correct. The student verifies her/his answer by making a table of arrangements and linking the arrangements to factors.

Reasoning & Proof

Expert

The student demonstrates correct understanding of the underlying mathematical concept of arrangements/arrays that is necessary to solve this task and then uses the concept of factors and a table to verify that her/his answer is correct.

Communication

Practitioner

The student correctly uses the mathematical terms arrangement and row from the task. The student also correctly uses the terms diagram, key, factors, table. The student correctly uses the mathematical notation 2 x 15, 6 x 5, 1 x 30, 3 x 10, 10 x 3, 30 x 1, 15 x 2, 5 x 6.

Connections

Expert

The student first makes the Practitioner connections, "These are all factors of 30-table," and, "these are all arrays of 30-diagram." The student makes the Expert connection of verifying that her/his answer is correct. The student makes a table of "factors of arragements," and states, "I know Im right because I solved it two ways and got the same answes twice."

Representation

Expert

The student's diagram is appropriate and accurate for this task. A key defines the seats. The student's table is also appropriate and accurate with all necessary labels provided and all entered data is correct. The student compares the two diagrams to verify that her/his answer is correct.

Overall Achievement Level:

Practitioner

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This student exceeds the standard.

Expert 1

Scoring Rationale

Problem Solving

Expert

The student's strategy of making a table to find the eight possible arrangements/arrays for 30 people works for solving the task. The student's answer, "8 arrangements," is correct. The student also extends her/his work to the concept of area.

Reasoning & Proof

Expert

The student demonstrates correct understanding of the underlying mathematical concept of arrangements/arrays. The student brings correct reasoning of the the underlying concept of area to extend her/his solution.

Communication

Expert

The student correctly uses the mathematical terms arrangement and row from the task. The student also correctly uses the terms table, column, key, factors, commutative property, array, square and area. The student uses the mathematical notation 1 x 30 (1 by 30), 30 x 1, 2 x 15, 15 x 2, 3 x 10, 10 x 3, 5 x 6, 6 x 5.

Connections

Expert

The student states, "I can see factors on my table for 30," and lists them on her/his paper. The student then states, "the commutative property." The student analyzes the relationships among elements in her/his solution. The student states, "If you think about it the 1 x 30 and 30 x 1 would be silly in the movies. Best is 5 x 6 or 6 x 5, you can be together more. I will show you." The student uses arrangements/arrays to link the concept of area in a 6 x 5 arrangement/array as opposed to the area in a 1 x 30 arrangement/array. The student states, "This is better area for a movie. 30 squares of area used good. This area is not good for 30 squares." The student also defines the use of area and direction by indicating that the 1 x 30 would have seats "to far to sit" and "to close to sit."

Representation

Expert

The student's table is appropriate and accurate. All necessary labels are provided and the entered data is correct. The student's diagram is also appropriate and accurate to support her/his understanding of area.

Overall Achievement Level:

Expert

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