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 workout Joined: May 2006 Posts: 154 Full Member
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Probability Lessons
02-24-2018, 07:01 PM
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Anyone have any fun probability lessons for 2nd grade?

 Keltikmom Joined: Mar 2013 Posts: 6,097 Senior Member
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Probability
02-25-2018, 07:34 AM
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Yes!!!!

Go to mathwire.com and search for Release the Prisoners game. You can print a game sheet from them and add your own dice and markers.

They also have one called Heads and Tails. It's a snake. You flip a coin and either move towards the head or the tail. I love this game because it takes a long time to finish. Kids were highly engaged with both games.

 GlacierRose Joined: May 2015 Posts: 3,333 Senior Member
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02-25-2018, 10:36 AM
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I always kicked off the unit with this...ahead of time, I put items in a small empty kleenex box--four red teddy bear counters and one blue one (obviously any small item or manipulative works, as long as they are the same size and shape). To begin the lesson, I'd reach in and pull out an item, replace and repeat, replace and repeat. The students would guess that all I had in the box was a red teddy bear. I'd start letting each student have a turn to reach in and pull a teddy bear out, while I started tallying each time on the board. Oh, the surprise and the shouts when the blue one first came out! We'd continue until each student had a turn to pull one out, then discuss the results (tallied on the board) and the vocabulary.

 kristeacher Joined: Jul 2007 Posts: 328 Full Member
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Probability and m&m's
02-25-2018, 03:28 PM
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When I taught fourth grade I did a probability of pulling out a certain color m & m. Students first were given a small bag (individual like at Halloween) and counted them out and sorted these by color. They found the percentage/decimal/ and fraction of each color. Then based on this they made predictions on what color had the highest and least probability of getting pulled from their sample. They recorded this and explained why on the sheet. We collected the data, and then the students put them back in their bag and pulled out the m and M. Were they correct? If not that is a great lesson.
They enjoyed this activity, and of course they could eat the m&m's when they finished.

 workout Joined: May 2006 Posts: 154 Full Member
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Proability
02-25-2018, 05:56 PM
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Thanks so much!

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