Probability Explorations

In this two lesson unit, students will explore theoretical and experimental probability and the relationship between them. Students will also graph an experiment to further explore the relationship according to the law of large numbers. This provides an actual hands on activity that can be done in a couple of class times in order to completely cover the task.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.C.5
Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers...
CCSS.Math.Content.7.SP.C.7
Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events. Compare probabilities from a model to observed frequencies; if the...
GLE 0606.5.1
Understand the meaning of probability and how it is expressed.
GLE 0706.5.5
Understand and apply basic concepts of probability.
SPI 0606.5.1
Determine the theoretical probability of simple and compound events in familiar contexts.
SPI 0706.5.4
Use theoretical probability to make predictions.
SPI 0806.5.1
Calculate probabilities of events for simple experiments with equally probable outcomes.
TSS.Math.7.SP.C.5
Understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1 that expresses the likelihood of the event occurring. Larger numbers indicate...
TSS.Math.7.SP.C.7
Develop a probability model and use it to find probabilities of events. Compare probabilities from a model to observed frequencies; if the agreement is not...
 
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Learning objectives: 

Learning Objectives:

Students will:

  • Measure the distance along a curve using indirect measurement.
  • Record data in chart form.
  • Compute individual and group medians.
  • Analyze data.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding
Extension suggestions: 

Extension:

Demonstrate how to make a stem-and-leaf plot with the data from all the groups. Guide the students as they display and analyze their position within the table, as well as the general tendency of their group.

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • Spinning Tops Activity Sheet
  • Small Circular Plastic Tops (1 per student)
  • Felt tip pens
  • Large Sheets of White Paper
  • Skeins of Yarn (1 per group)
  • Scissors

References

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