Resources and Tools for Elementary Math Specialists and Teachers

Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

Grade(s) 7 resources related to the following standard:
Statistics and Probability
Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models.
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 good, explain possible sources of the discrepancy.
b. Develop a probability model (which may not be uniform) by observing frequencies in data generated from a chance process. For example, find the approximate probability that a spinning penny will land heads up or that a tossed paper cup will land open-end down. Do the outcomes for the spinning penny appear to be equally likely based on the observed frequencies?

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This collection of probability experiments can be completed with one pair of dice. The purpose of each experiment is to determine the theoretical and/or experimental probability of specific outcomes. Each activity includes a PDF document with directions and materials and several also include a java applet.
Activity, Game
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+
This probability activity guides students to discover the law of large numbers by having them consider why flipping a coin multiple times does not always produce equal results. The activity includes a 3 minute video featuring Bianca from Cyberchase, a document for data collection, and two assessment options (rtf format).
Assessment, Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Video
Grade Level: 4, 5, 6+