Chances Are - Part 1
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Objective - Part 1
Students will be able to describe events that are certain, impossible, likely, and
unlikely to occur. Students will determine the likelihood of an event occurring
using a probability scale.
Overview of the Lesson
Students are introduced to the idea of probability by discussing the likelihood of
events occurring. Students focus on the "language" of probability as they use their
life experiences to recall events that are certain, impossible, likely, and unlikely to
happen. These events are recorded through the use of graphic organizers that relate
to a current unit of study. Students are introduced to a probability scale, ranging
from 0 - 1. They are encouraged to evaluate the chance of given events occurring
and assigning the event a position on the probability scale. The activity immerses
the students in experiences that promote discourse about probabilistic notions.