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Your soon-to-be statisticians play a game to understand the difference between independent and dependent experiments and probability. They draw colored cubes from a bag and then, by either replacing the cube in the bag or not for each subsequent draw, calculate the relevant probability. They reflect on lottery Powerball games and execute a simulation, either on graphing calculators or an online program (link provided). Reproducible worksheet and homework included.
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.
Understanding probability helps people is many careers: from neurosurgery to stock analysis, car repair to card sharking. And playing fun dice games can teach the principles of probability. Learners determine sample space, examine possibilities, make predictions, assess fair and unfair games, organize the outcome of each game, and figure the probability of each event. To apply to real life, invite a lottery representative to discuss how the probability of various games is determined.
The vintage American game show Let's Make a Deal employed probability to keep viewers glued to their televisions. Add excitement to your classroom exploration of proportionality and probability with a game show of your own. Learners approaches range from guessing to coin flipping to computer simulations of multiple trials. A well-designed, supported, and modifiable plan.
Partners roll a pair of dice repeatedly to explore basic concepts of probability. They gather data about 36 rolls (order and sum) and ponder whether each roll is independent. The whole class convenes to share data and calculate probabilities. At higher grade levels, they encounter random variables and the probability density function. Student instructions are provided.
Your statisticians examine the characteristics of conditional probability and the probability of simultaneous independent events. They perform computer activities to find probabilities for simple compound events. They examine the difference between theoretical probability and experimental probability by playing various games. Loaded with linked resources: vocabulary, game directions (requires JAVA to view), charts, discussion guides, and more.