What Are My Chances? Exploring Probability with Virtual Tools

Author: Rita Sorrentino


Overbrook Elementary School

Year: 2011

Seminar: Math Concepts in the Classroom

Grade Level: 1-3

Keywords: chance, probability, risk

School Subject(s): Math

To be literate in the 21st Century requires more than reading, writing and basic math.
Handling the amount of information that we encounter each day necessitates going
beyond the 3 R’s. Our students need to be prepared for accessing, processing and
communicating information. To help them understand the meaning of the calculations
they perform in acquiring math skills, we need to add probability and statistical thinking
to the formula for being literate. Being mathematically literate, or having a sense of
“numeracy,” requires a precise understanding of mathematical terms, experiences of data
based-decision making, and, ultimately, a realization that there are many uncertainties in
our complex world.

I am the computer teacher at Overbrook Elementary School. My assignments include
supporting the curriculum with technology and working with students on projects to
enhance their technological skills. This ten-day curriculum unit is designed for fourth and
fifth grade students designed to enhance the portion of the School District of
Philadelphia’s math curriculum dealing with probability. The lesson plans can be used as
a two-week unit or spread out over a longer period of time. The activities include
opportunities for students to deepen their understanding of basic probability concepts
presented in their classrooms with the added benefit of the tools of technology. This unit
focuses on using interactive tools and online resources to demonstrate concepts, develop
precise vocabulary, play games of risk, design a game, evaluate their understanding, and
create a cumulating project.

Download Unit: 11.02.10.pdf

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