Statistics and Probability Teacher Resources
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Review basic probability concepts with your class using different-colored marbles in a bag. Then pair up learners and have them play a cool online interactive game in which they race miniature cars using the roll of a die or two. The class compiles all of their results to discuss, and they extrapolate what might occur if the game is repeated 10,000 times!
Young scholars investigate probability. They will define probability as the likelihood of an event occurring. Then, they determine the probability of sitting in a particular seat on a plane. They also set up ratios of various seating scenarios on the airplane, such as the likelihood of sitting in row 7 out of 30 rows.
Baseball and statistics go hand-in-hand and knowing how to interpret, compare, and display this information is a key skill for any middle schooler. Using two sets of data, have young statisticians answer questions by constructing and comparing different representations of the data especially lineplots (dotplots), stemplots (including back-to-back stemplots) five number summaries, and boxplots.
Learners investigate why theoretical probability doesn't always match reality. The activity involves using Python 2.7 (or Sage) to set up a Bernoulli Trial. It also involves setting up a spreadsheet to simulate the Birthday Paradox. Pupils should be familiar with Python, fractional exponents, and combinations before beginning.
Statisticians play a game of Bingo to discover the meaning of probability. They are given 12 markers to distribute across the numbers 1-12 on their playing mat. As a pair of dice is rolled, markers are removed from the playing mat. The first person to clear their mat is the winner. The game is repeated so students can refine their placements.
Here is a nice activity about recognizing the difference between a statistical question and answer and one that anticipates a fixed answer. From this, your future statisticians will develop an understanding of variability and be able to write their own statistical questions.
Students engage in a lesson plan that is concerned with the use of statistics and surveys and how they should be read. They create a survey and take it home to collect data. Then students display the data on a graph that is displayed in class.
Students analyze the number of times each letter in the alphabet is used in the names of the states. In this statistics instructional activity, students create a stem and leaf plot, box and whisker plot and a histogram to analyze their data.
Students explore probability. In this probability lesson, students look at videos and websites where they discover probability facts that can be used in situations. They determine the probability of different events.
In this algebra worksheet, students solve word problems of the possibility of an event occurring using experimental probability. There are 10 questions with an answer key.
Students estimate and then count the number of each color of M&M's in their bag. In this mathematics lesson plan, students find the experimental probability of selecting each color from the bag. Students create pictographs and bar graphs of the colors of candy pieces in their bag. Students use information from the Mars, Inc. website to compute theoretical probability of each color appearing in the bags.
New! Data and Probability
Being able to collect, analyze, and display data is a skill that begins in mathematics and extends to a variety of other subjects. Data and probability is first defined by three big questions and a wonderful set of examples that can be used to teach the concept. The instructional activity is not in a traditional format, but rather provides educators with an entire set of activities and discussions that will help learners develop competency in data collection and analysis.
Connect ratios, probability, and combination outcomes with a challenging lesson idea. Probability of an event is described to the class as fractions or ratios, on a number line, and with correct vocabulary. The lesson uses a scaffolded approach to the topic to introduce what probability is and how it is described numerically as well as verbally. The class will be rolling dice, collecting data, making tables, and charting outcomes in fraction form.
Learners explore the concept of misleading statistics. In this misleading statistics lesson, students play a game of tag and graph the number of times each student gets tagged. Learners use the graph to determine the fastest runner in the class. Students discuss how the graph is misleading in trying to find the fastest runner.
In this probability worksheet, students examine independent events and determine the probability of the event occurring. The one page worksheet contains ten multiple choice questions. Answers are included.
In this probability worksheet, students solve 10 multiple choice word problems. Students determine the probability of certain events.
A word problem about probability which asks about two events occurring. Are the events independent of each other? Is this a compound events problem? How do you approach solving this word problem? The instructor explains just how to solve this word problem, so follow along and learn how.
An engaging game called, "Quarter, Nickel, and Dime" is presented in this math lesson. Players are given an envelope with slips of paper that represent the three coins. In pairs, they play the game 18 times, and the whole class charts their results on a class graph that leads to an exciting discussion on probability. Excellent worksheets are embedded in the plan that provide everything you need to play the game.
Trios play a card game that reinforces the concepts of number sequence and greater than and less than. Scholars make predictions based on information they know and a single unknown. They see cards drawn by others in the group, but not their own. Older learners apply concepts of probability to discussion of outcomes. This game would also make a great activity for fast finishers any time there are a few extra minutes in class.
Continuing his conversation about data sets from the previous video, Sal introduces range, variance, and standard deviation as means of dispersion. Those who are advancing in algebra or who are beginning a statistics class will benefit from Sal's clear instruction.