What are the chances your students will forget what they learn about probability? It’s an uncomfortable truth that they often forget things that they’ve studied in class. But they are much more likely to forget if they don’t build schema and connections with this concept. I’m excited to share with you my favorite way to do just that. Discovery labs give you one way that help your students to build background and ultimately remember what they learn (wanna read more how I got started with discovery labs? Read that story here.)
Compound probability is fun to teach because it lends itself to hands-on learning. I’ve found that students don’t even complain about the fact they they are working with fractions when they are doing compound probability. (shocking, right?!) I’m excited to share some of my favorite activities for practicing compound probability with you. These activities will build background for students, offer practice, and extend the concepts. I hope that you can find one or two ideas to implement in your classroom right away and engage your students in learning more about compound probability.
Teaching probability gets kids interested because it so naturally involves dice, playing cards, and spinner. What 7th grade doesn’t love to spin things? Usually, they get in trouble for spinning things, so when we pull out the spinners and tell them to spin it, they look at us in disbelief. They wonder if it’s trick. We reassure them that they won’t get in trouble, and quickly they are hands on, having a great time experimenting with probability. I love how incorporating these manipulatives has a way of getting and keeping students’ attention. In this post I’ll break down for you how I chunk out and teach compound probability.