This test question, released by the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC), is discussed here in the interest of helping third-grade students, their parents, and friends understand more clearly the knowledge and skills that third graders should have in math by the end of the school year (2018 #1).

### Create a model that shows 4 × 7.

### Drag and drop the ducks into the box.

**Model**

## Information for Teachers

This problem tests students’ understanding of the Common Core mathematics standard 3.OA.A.1, which says that by the end of third grade, you should have the ability to “interpret products of whole numbers, for example, interpret 5 × 7 as the total number of objects in 5 groups of 7 objects each. For example, describe a context in which a total number of objects can be expressed as 5 × 7.”

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