Thursday, March 5, 2015

Teaching Probability

Spring is my favorite time of the school year. Why? It's almost over, your hard work has paid off, and students are showing what they have learned from YOU!

Every Spring I teach probability and add new things to my "bag of tricks". This year I added a card sort activity called "Combined Probability". This card sort made teaching Combined Probability for me more enjoyable than ever before. I love giving my students activities where they are responsible for exploring, learning, and discovering math.


This lesson unit is intended to help you assess how well students are able to find probabilities of compound events using organized lists, tables, tree diagrams, and simulation. Understand that, just as with simple events, the probability of a compound event is the fraction of outcomes in the sample space for which the compound event occurs. Represent sample spaces for compound events using methods such as organized lists, tables and tree diagrams. For an event described in everyday language (e.g., "rolling double sixes"), identify the outcomes in the sample space which compose the event. Design and use a simulation to generate frequencies for compound events.

Included in this lesson are:

-one formative assessment (pre-test) task

-card sort activity with concept development of compound probability

-one extension activity for students to deepen their conception of compound probability

-one summative assessment (post-test) task

-answer keys for all the assessments and activities

-how the lesson is tied to common core and mathematical practices

Check it out HERE.  

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Happy Teaching!

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