Using Dice to Introduce Sampling Distributions

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Investigate the meaning of a sample proportion using this hands-on activity. Scholars collect data and realize that the larger the sample size the more closely the data resembles a normal distribution. They compare the sample proportion of each random sample collected.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use assessment questions as board work to check for understanding
  • Utilize a graphic organizer such as a Frayer Model to record new vocabulary
Classroom Considerations

  • Requires two dice and a graphing calculator for each pupil
Pros

  • Provides an activity sheet for pupils to follow through the experiment
  • Includes summary questions to lead classes to desired conclusions
Cons

  • None