Calculating probability with children
February 6, 2006 9:22 PM Subscribe
Looking for ideas for teaching probability to kids.
posted by carterk to education (16 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I've a small group of math-loving fifth graders for whom I'm trying to extend my curriculum's rather lame probability unit, which primarily deals with coin tosses and dice. I'm trying to think of some interesting things that we could reasonably calculate probabilities for.
My initial and probably best idea was to examine the probabilities that a given 5th grader might actually become a professional basketball player. It wouldn't be that hard to find the number of (American) players there are, how many other (American) kids there are who would potentially compete for those positions, and what fraction of them might be qualified and inclined to do so (maybe a poll for this last data point).
But I'm guessing there's a better idea out there, and fabulous resources that will make this easy and fun to teach. Is there? Are there?