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FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT TASK
Instructions for Implementing the Task
 The teacher provides baseten blocks to the student.
 The teachers says the number 1,385 (onethousand, threehundred eightyfive) aloud, and asks the student to write the number.
 After seeing the written number, the teacher asks the student to represent the number 1,385 with baseten blocks.
 The teacher asks, "What quantity is represented by the 8 in the number 1,385?"
 The teacher asks, "Does the digit 3 represent a quantity that is greater than or less than the quantity represented by the digit 5? Will you explain to me how you know?"
Vocabulary Associated with the Assessment
digit
hundreds place
ones place
place value
tens place
thousands place
TASK RUBRIC
Getting Started 
Misconception/Error The student does not know how to write numbers greater than 100.

Examples of Student Work at this Level The student may not write any number or writes an incorrect or incomplete number.
The student does not know how to represent large quantities with baseten blocks. 
Questions Eliciting Thinking How would you write the number 409?
How would you write the number 84? 
Instructional Implications Using a twodigit number, have the student use baseten blocks to construct the number.
Allow him or her time to practice building onedigit numbers, twodigit numbers, and then threedigit numbers. 
Moving Forward 
Misconception/Error The student does not understand what the word value means.
The student only thinks of the tens in the tens place. 
Examples of Student Work at this Level The student understands the value of the numbers in each place, as well as skip counting, but cannot build the number using only tens. 
Questions Eliciting Thinking Will you build the number with baseten blocks and then tell me the value of the 8? 
Instructional Implications Using a twodigit number, the student will use baseten blocks to construct the number.
Allow the student time to practice building twodigit numbers and then threedigit numbers in order to determine the value of each place. 
Almost There 
Misconception/Error The student has difficulty determining the difference between the value of the tens place and how many tens are in the number. 
Examples of Student Work at this Level After prompting, the student concludes that there is a total of more tens in the number than are indicated by just looking at the digit in the tens place. 
Questions Eliciting Thinking How many tens are in this number?
How are these representations the same? 
Instructional Implications Give the student a fourdigit number. Ask the student to construct the fourdigit number using baseten blocks, and ask how many tens are in the number without breaking the hundreds up. 
Got It 
Misconception/Error There are no misconceptions or errors. 
Examples of Student Work at this Level The student is able to use baseten blocks to show and explain that there are more tens in the number than indicated by the digit in the tens place.

Questions Eliciting Thinking How do you know how many tens are in this number? 
Instructional Implications Give the student a fourdigit number and ask the student how many hundreds are in the number. 
ACCOMMODATIONS & RECOMMENDATIONS
SOURCE AND ACCESS INFORMATION
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MFAS FSU
Name of Author/Source: Danielle Sherdan
Is this Resource freely Available? Yes
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