Lesson Plan

Graphing Probability Digitally

Graphing data to show probability digitallly and visually.
Stephanie F.
Educational Technology Integration Consultant
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My Grades Pre-K, K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts
Objectives

Students will be able to...

  • Identify and define probability 
  • Create a graph in Google Sheets, using their probability data
Subjects
Math
Grades 6 - 8
All Notes
Teacher Notes
Student Notes

1 Teacher Prep

In Google Classroom, set up a classroom for your math class,  and create an assignment called, "Candy Probability". 

In the assignment include the following directions for students:

Step 1: Open up your bag of candy.

Step 2: Separate your candy by color

Step 3: Open up a new Google Sheet

Step 4: Record the colors of your candy in column A

Step 5: Record the quantity of each color in column B

Step 6: Highlight your data and create a pie graph of your information

Step 7: Make sure all of the colors represented on the graph match the colors they are associated with in the data

Step 8: Insert your graph into your Google Sheet

Step 9: Compare your data with a person sitting next to you. How does the probability of your bag of candy compare with someone else? Record your answer on your Google Sheet in cell C1

Step 10: Submit your Google Sheet to your teacher

2 Direct Instruction

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In class, tell students that today they are going to learn about Probability,

Define 

Probability:​ the extent to which an event is likely to occur, measured by the ratio of the favorable cases to the whole number of cases possible.

Hand out fun size bags of M & M or Skittles to students. Tell students not to eat them (yet)! 

Explain to students that they will be using the candy as their basis for finding the probability of picking a specific color of candy from the bag.

Have students log into their Google Classroom and view the assignment

Once students have completed the assignment, share data with the class to see how probability varied between students.

Student Instructions

Students should complete the assignment:

Step 1: Open up your bag of candy.

Step 2: Separate your candy by color

Step 3: Open up a new Google Sheet

Step 4: Record the colors of your candy in column A

Step 5: Record the quantity of each color in column B

Step 6: Highlight your data and create a pie graph of your information

Step 7: Make sure all of the colors represented on the graph match the colors they are associated with in the data

Step 8: Insert your graph into your Google Sheet

Step 9: Compare your data with a person sitting next to you. How does the probability of your bag of candy compare with someone else? Record your answer on your Google Sheet in cell C1

Step 10: Submit your Google Sheet to your teacher

3 Assessment

Review student work for completeness and accuracy.