The Games We Play – An Interactive Analysis of Probability

Author: Brian Cohen


High School of the Future

Year: 2011

Seminar: Math Concepts in the Classroom

Grade Level: 8-9

Keywords: decimal, fraction, games, percent, probability

School Subject(s): Math

This unit will explore concepts of probability through the use and analysis of games of different
cultures. It is intended for an introductory high school mathematics class in which little
probability has been discussed before. The core of this unit is creativity and analysis. Students
will be acting out various probabilistic situations and playing various games in order to build
their understanding of the vocabulary of probability games. They will then create their own
games and analyze them for probability as well. This will provide an avenue for the students to
connect their own lives and experiences to mathematics in a fun way.
Additionally this unit will provide a context for students to practice conversions between
numbers in decimal, fraction, and percent form. This concept still seems to elude even the most
diligent of high school students so by attaching these concepts to a creative process I hope to
strengthen their knowledge through a play-like atmosphere. This will serve as a point for the
students to always remember why and how to use these different representations and ensure they
can use them for their own lives in the future.

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