Basics of Probability

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Give your middle schoolers a fighting chance at understanding probability. Offering numerous examples that clearly demonstrate basic probability concepts, this resource helps young mathematicians learn how to visualize the different outcomes of events.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Complete these example problems as guided practice exercises during an introduction to probability
  • Use the skills practice worksheets as in-class or homework assignments
  • Have students act out the different probability experiments described in the example problems, investigating the difference between experimental and theoretical probability
Classroom Considerations

  • Lesson is broken up into two parts, which are best taught separately over the course of two days

  • Resource demonstrates how to model probability using tree and Venn diagrams
  • Two skills-practice worksheets are included with accompanying answer keys

  • Some of the documents include font that may be hard for students to read if you are projecting for the whole class to see