Learning and Teaching for Mathematical Literacy

Supporting materials – 3C


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The examples used in the book are from Estimation of Number (Quiz A).

Original colour versions of items used in the book:

Image of a grain of rice on a human hand

The length of a grain of rice is

  • less than 2 mm
  • between 2 mm and 10 mm (correct)
  • between 10 mm and 20 mm
  • between 20 mm and 30 mm
  • more than 30 mm
Image of wire clothes airer
This picture shows a clothes airer made of plastic coated wire. The white wire is thinner. There is a 30cm ruler on the floor. The total length of the white wire is
  • less than 2 metres
  • between 2m and 5 m
  • between 5 m and 10 m
  • between 10 m and 15 m (correct)
  • more than 15 m.

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Supporting material for the book Learning and Teaching for Mathematical Literacy by Hugh Burkhardt, Daniel Pead and Kaye Stacey (ISBN 9781032301174).

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