Overall rating 5 out of 55 (4 ratings)
Last updated 25 March 2013, created 07 November 2010, viewed 8,919
Starter to check understanding of parts of Venn diagram. Mystery activity in which students use clues to annotate Venn diagram and use it to calculate a probability - works best when cards are cut up in advance. The nrich challenge can be used as an extension activity.
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I used the nrich activity as a starter activity for BTEC Level 3 students (I was observed during the lesson on a drop-in, no-notice observation and even the observer was drawn into solving the problem. The problem was solved by the majority of the class in the given time (I gave them 5 minutes to work on it in pairs) and I was pleased to find that there was a variety of ways in which students solved the problem and we were able to explore problem-solving skills as well as to discuss the use of Venn diagrams for representing logic.
The mystery task was a good team activity, again, prompting discussion about problem solving methods and sharing of ideas. The role of the venn diagram in illustrating the thinking was emphasised clearly through this task.
Great resource - liked all parts of this. Mystery task is thought-provoking.
I used this as a starter for AS Statistics and then lead into set notation.
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