A learning story

Learning stories can focus on the thinking of one student, a small group or a whole class.

The learning story below was written by a Foundation student.

Yahtzee is a game that is played by one to six players, with five dice. After rolling the dice, players calculate the total of the five faces and then record their scores. You can read the complete rules for Yahtzee and download Yahtzee score sheets for your class to use.

The student had thrown 4 fours and a five, and had to find the total of the dice he had thrown. The learning story tells his reasoning about adding: "Double 8 is 16. Then I counted 17, 18, 19, 20, 21."

Student drawing of the 5 dice faces, explanation that double 8 is 16 then counting on 5 more gives 21.

A learning story about addition reasoning.

Curriculum links

Year 3: Represent and solve problems involving multiplication using efficient mental and written strategies and appropriate digital technologies

Year 2: Recognise and represent multiplication as repeated addition, groups and arrays

Year 4: Develop efficient mental and written strategies and use appropriate digital technologies for multiplication and for division where there is no remainder