In All Probability
Investigations in Probability and
Written by Jaine Kopp
An all new, updated version of the classic GEMS best seller, significantly enhanced, with new sessions and added background for the teacher. There is now stronger emphasis on multiple ways to gather and analyze data, and on how to stimulate discourse and discussion to build individual and class knowledge.
If your students groan at the mention of statistics, or go
blank when you bring up probability, you might ask what they
want to be when they grow up. Wall Street mogul? The next Freud?
TV meteorologist? Well, there you go: they'll be using statistics
and probability all the way up the ladder. This unit makes these
subjects fun, and makes real-world connections students
will use all their lives.
Students dive into probability as they play games using coins,
spinners, dice, and Native American game sticks. They investigate
chance and probability with concrete materials, learn how to
gather and analyze data, make predictions, and draw conclusions.
As they gain direct experience, they also build confidence in
their ability to explore probability and statistics. The guide
provides background information on these themes, with information
on real-life connections and careers. The activities provide
a solid basis for the development of much-needed (and often
neglected) real-life understandings and skills, stressing cooperation
along the way.
Time: Twelve or more 45- to 60-minute sessions.
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Praise for the original In All Probability:
"Extensive classroom testing is evident. The layout
and organization make it easy to use, the text is clear and
concise, and the activities are relevant and engaging. Abundant
photographs, illustrations and examples of student work as well
as comments on such things as teaching strategies ('If students
make unreasonable predictions, don't comment on them for now.'),
or highly practical advice ('One teacher modified the spinners
to work better on a hot damp day.'), enrich the activity plans
and the teacher's ability to present it."
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