The following pretest is designed to give assessment information to the teacher in order to place students in small instructional groups. As such it only measures a sample of the objectives for this strand. Measuring all objectives would create a cumbersome test that could reduce its validity (see Number Operations and Number Sense Continuum). This pretest is an example of a traditional assessment that I have created and used. It is based on objectives and follows a format similar to the Washington State Assessment of Student Learning, my state's criterion referenced standardized test. 
name: ___________________________________________ date: _____________________ 1. Explain how would you group the following numbers to make them easier to add together? _____________________________________________________________
2. How would you compare the answers to these
two problems? _____________________________________________________________
3. The people living in the neighborhood near the County Library have planted 37 fir trees, 25 apple trees, 8 pear trees, 43 cherry trees, and 1 Ponderosa Pine tree. Graph this information on the chart below. Which type of tree do you think the people in this neighborhood
like the most?_______________________ 4. With the numbers below, circle the largest number for each pair. 6,097 6,907 9,123 3,219 5. A bicycle built for two people is 10 feet long. A regular
mountain bike is 5 feet 8 inches long. Which is longer, 2 regular
mountain bikes put endtoend, or 1 bicycle built for two? ___________________ 6. How much money is shown here? _______________
How much more would you need to make $1.00? ________________________________ 7. What do you think would be the easiest way to combine the numbers below to add them to 6,000? _____________________________________________________________ 8. With the decimal pairs below, circle the largest number of each pair. 6.09 6.9 1.23 1.219 9. Add 10. If it is 13 1/2 miles from Mrs. Miller's home to Mr. Yates'
home and 2 miles from Mr. Yates' home to school, how far would
Mrs. Miller need to drive if she were to give Mr. Yates a ride
to school? 11. If I bought 5 cartons of eggs so I could feed a Boy Scout
troop breakfast, how many eggs would I have if each carton had
12 eggs in it? 12. On the 100s chart below lightly color in all of the multiples of 9.
Describe the number patterns you see. _____________________________ 13. What multiplication number sentence could be written to
describe the following picture? 14. What is the difference between multiplication and division? _____________________________________________________________ 15. If you know that 27 + 27 = 54 and also that 2 x 27 = 54, what would you do to find out what 4 x 27 equals? _____________________________________________________________ 16. My mom just finished baking 2 dozen cookies (Yum, Yum). How could I share them evenly with 3 of my friends and myself? (remember a dozen equals 12). _____________________________________________________________ 17. Make up a multiplication story problem using the numbers 3, 6, and18. _____________________________________________________________ 18. Make up a division story problem using the numbers 3, 6, and18. _____________________________________________________________ Complete the fact family for the number fact given.
Solve the following multiplication problems.
24. Make a number sentence for the following
story. One day Chimacum Elementary School was given 48 computers
for children to use in the classrooms. The tricky part was that
there were only 12 teachers who had space for them in their rooms.
How many computers would each of the 12 teachers get for their
students? 25. Which strategy do you think would work best for solving the problem 20 x 25? Circle your answer.
Explain why you chose the strategy you did. _____________________________________________________________ 26. One day I went to the bakery to buy some doughnuts for my father (he really likes doughnuts). I bought 3 dozen doughnuts (like I said, he really likes doughnuts)! The baker said that since I was buying so many he would make each of those dozen into a baker's dozen (13 instead of 12). When I arrived with my present, I found out that my dad had some of his friends over. Counting my dad, his friends, my mom, and myself there were a total of 6 people there. Of course my dad wanted to share all of the doughnuts as fairly as he could with everyone there. How many would each person get if none of the doughnuts were cut? _____________________________________________________________ 
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