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Learners observe and demonstrate a variety of problem solving strategies to solve math problems involving probability. They read and discuss the steps of the problem solving process, and with the teacher solve a problem of calculating the probability of obtaining an odd number using a spinner.
Eighth graders observe and demonstrate a variety of problem solving strategies to solve a problem involving a spinner and the probability of obtaining an odd number. They walk through the problem solving process step-by-step with the teacher, and independently solve a similar problem.
Ninth graders design and conduct a simulation to study a problem and communicate the results of a multi-stage probability experiment. They define key vocabulary terms, then calculate the experimental probability of getting a four while rolling a die, then collect the data from all the students and complete a table with the results.
Students examine statistics of teenagers using alcohol and marijuana. In groups, they brainstorm the reasons why they believe usage is higher than in years past. As a class, they role-play different roles in scenerios to help them realize the effect they are having on themselves and those around them. To end the lesson plan, they review the symptoms for someone high on drugs or alcohol.
Fourth graders conduct a variety of simple probability experiments and participate in a class discussion of their experiment results. In small groups they calculate the chances of picking various colored balls out of a bag, and play the game "High Fives" that involves recording what number a spinner lands on.
Eighth graders analyze and interpret statistical data found in magazines, newspapers, and other media resources. They read and analyze two graphs during whole group instruction, and independently locate three charts from a media source. Students create a chart describing information they have collected and write a description of the data.
Sixth graders examine the use of probability in daily life. In this probability lesson, 6th graders listen to scenarios from Louis Sachar's, Holes, after discussing probability in everyday life. They pretend they are detectives who are presented with a blood sample case from the book. They work in groups to complete a worksheet and present their findings to the class.