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Students estimate and then count the number of each color of M&M's in their bag. In this mathematics lesson, 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.
While simplistic, this video provides an easy to understand explanation of probability. It is meant to be a first foray into the topic and would be useful in an elementary school classroom. The example given would be appropriate for use in a second or third grade classroom.
Students determine probability by completing statistical study on letters of the alphabet and comparing and contrasting results.
Students calculate mean, median, range, mode and probability. Then, working in teams, they use data from their workplace to compute values for these terms. Finally the class explores the term "probability" using a die.
Students collect data and analyze it. In this statistics lesson, students make predictions using different outcomes of trials.
In these finding the probability worksheets, students use a dart board, playing cards, and a board game to problem solve. Students solve 17 problems.
In this probability and statistics worksheet, students find compound dependent and independent probability of given situations. They identify the mean, mode, range and median of sets. This two-page worksheet contains explanations, examples and six problems.
Seventh graders explore estimation, measurement, and probability. Students conduct surveys and create charts & graphs. They study the history of chocolate. Students design their own magazine advertisement or create a script for a commercial. Students create a candy super hero, report on being a "presidential M&M" or describe their feelings on being the new blue M&M in the bag.
Students investigate and define probability. In this statistics instructional activity, students watch a video and describe where probability was used. They relate probability to the real world and describe the relationship and chances of these events happening.
For this statistics worksheet, students complete 6 problem solving questions regarding spatial probability. Students are then asked to complete 10 word problem questions based on geometric shapes and coin flipping probabilities.
Third graders explore mathematics by participating in a board game activity. In this probability lesson, 3rd graders collaborate in teams and play the game Jumanji while utilizing statistics to analyze the probability of landing on certain squares and performing well in the game. Students discuss the probability of dice rolls and prepare a presentation for their class.
Middle schoolers investigate the concept of probability. They use example problems in order to measure the likelihood of various outcomes. The lesson includes dialogue to be used by the teacher during direct instruction. They also use class discussion while working through the problems.
Students define experiment, outcome, event, and probability, and explain the formula for finding the probability of an event.
Students investigating the concept of probability practice the concept using a variety of different example problems. The lesson is delivered in a question and answer format. The frequency of answers is recorded in a data table for analysis.
Seventh graders investigate the concepts related to theoretical and experimental probability while describing the similarities or differences. They practice solving different problems and make predictions about future outcomes and then summarize the findings using a visual graph.
Students practice the basic principles of probability by conducting an experiment, determining if a game is fair, collecting data, interpreting data, displaying data, conducting analysis, and stating and applying the rule for probability.
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.
In this statistics and probability worksheet, 9th graders answer questions about the probability of an even occurring. They figure out the ratio of a favorable outcome or not. There are 10 questions with an answer key.
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. 
Seventh graders engage in a lesson that reviews the concept of probability and how it is used in finding candy during a game. They apply critical thinking skills about solving different word problems and making predictions of future outcomes.

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