Secondary Maths Collection 12 - "Topic Special: Probability"
Collection Author: Craig Barton - Maths AST and creator of www.mrbartonmaths.com (TES Name: mrbartonmaths)
Probability is probably my favourite maths topic. In fact, I am certain it is. It is one of the few topics in maths that enables you to truthfully answer the question “sir, will we ever actually use this in real life?”. Probability is also an incredibly misunderstood topic, both by pupils and the population as a whole, and delving into it can throw up some really interesting thoughts and misconceptions for useful discussion points. Will this batch of resources get students engaged in the wonderful world of probability? I’d say the odds are better than evens.
Top 10 Resources:
- A nice Collective Memory activity for getting your students to revise the key concepts of probability.
- A really good dice game for getting students to think about chance and probability, which leads nicely into Sample Space Diagrams. Make sure you get your Macros enabled!
- As ever with the wonderful MEP resources from CIMT, the coverage of the topic is outstanding. The Activities are definitely worth checking out for some interesting ideas of tackling probability.
- I love this resource. It is a simulation of how odds change as a horse race progresses. A really nice stimulus for discussion, and a life lesson in why you (probably) shouldn’t gamble.
- A fantastic set of probability statements for your students to ponder over. I have found this a really effective resource for revising probability after a break from the topic. The range of answers you get may well be surprising!
- A simple, but highly effective worksheet that covers the basic concepts of probability. I particularly liked the part where students were challenged to make up their own probability questions.
- If you ever need dice in a probability lesson (and you often do!), then look no further than here.
- A challenging, practical use of probability which uses data from the 2005 General Election to predict the result of the 2010 General Election. With the benefit of hindsight we can now see how close those predictions were.
- If you want to motivate most students, then introducing a bit of money is often not a bad idea. This resources challenges them to make a profitable game.
- If you want a challenging, rich problem on any topic, just go to NRICH. Here is a good one on Probability.