As I planned this problem, I was confident that scholars would be able to handle the counting involved. What I really wanted to see was how they would organize the information. Here is a sampling of their work.
|At first, Thomas was attempting to count the number of feet in his head. When this proved unsuccessful, he decided to use a chart where he listed each character and then used tally marks to total the number of feet.|
|This chart labels each character and marks for each foot. The numbers along the right side demonstrate a growing understanding of how charts and graphs work.|
|Gracie's graph lists each character along the left and numbers along the bottom. This graph makes the information easy to see and analyze.|
|Jacky grouped the characters and their feet into manageable bits so she could add the number of feet.|
|Janette created a very well organized chart where she listed the characters and used tally marks to count the number of feet. The idea of a spider having 8 legs was new for her as evidenced by her illustration of an 8 legged spider.|