What are the odds?
Probability, how likely something it so happen, enables us to make reason-based decisions about many aspects of our lives. From predicting heads-or-tails when flipping a coin or using poll results to determine a proposed law’s likelihood to be passed to looking at a weather forecast to see what clothing to lay out for the morning, we are relying on the probability that something will or will not happen. But predictions are not infallible.
In this activity, student pairs or trios learn about several common types of probability and then demonstrate what they have learned by creating a quick start guide (a flyer, pamphlet, video, or other format) that others can use to recognize four types of probability commonly encountered in the real world.
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Standards: CCSS.MATH.PRACTICE.MP3, Grades 6 – 8
Objective: Students work in teams to earn about different kinds of probability and then demonstrate what they have learned by creating a video, quick start guide, or other product that others can use to recognize four types of probability.
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