I gave a math test today, and the subject was addition. There were several computation problems to allow the kids to show (or disprove) their mastery of basic facts and regrouping, a couple of word problems, and one short answer question.
The question was, "What is the math word that means 'the answer to an addition problem?'"
I even talked about this question for a bit before the kids got started on the test. I told them that I just wanted one word that is another name for the answer we get when we add. This is definitely something that we have discussed before.
Out of 40 kids that took the test, I believe I had 15 that got the correct answer, "sum."
Here are the wrong answers I got:
Add (so obvious, yet so wrong)
The sain (in the membrane?)
Math addition (as opposed to social studies addition?)
Equal (nope, it's different)
Altogether (the process, but not the answer)
Standard Form (the answer is IN standard form, but that's not what it's called)
Fourty thousand ninety three (only for a VERY specific addition problem)
Add saharats (????)
The plus sign (the ANSWER is not called the plus sign!!)
Shug you whorek (I found this somewhat offending when I first read it, but then I realized he meant Show your work)
Regroup (Another random math word that does not answer the question)
Ah, vocabulary, my old nemesis, you win again!