consists of a reading passage, a numeracy task, and oral discussion
is quite challenging. It requires students to read, decide if children fall
into certain categories, fill out a table, and add money up to about $800. The
most difficult part of the activity is repeated many times, so students will
have a chance to first do it with help, and then gradually learn to do it on
conduct this activity will depend on your situation, your students and the
skills you would like to focus on.
have a student complete the whole activity by him- or herself, or you might
have a group of students share the work.
give the FAMILIES page to the students as it is, or you can cut it up and give
out each family separately.
have students use calculators or not. (When we were working these out to make
the answer sheet, we found ourselves adding the benefit for each child by hand,
and then using a calculator to total these to find the benefit for the whole
How you use
the answer sheet is also up to you. You might keep it for yourself, or you
might ask a student to be the checker.
If it suits
your class, you might make this into a role play, giving a pair of students a
slip of paper with one of the families on it, and asking them to imagine they
are the parents of those children, and they want to estimate how much of a CCTB
they will receive.
find that a student prefers to do his or her calculations without the