I am biased, but I do think I have created an excellent Probability Unit. This is an action packed Smart Notebook unit on Probability. This file contains 58 slides on probability and a printable version of the review.
The file begins with discussing common terms such as impossible, less probable, more probable, and certain (as well as not very likely, very likely, and just as likely). This allows students to create probability statements for different scenarios that happen in everyday life. Such as, “Because it is August, I am certain there will be no snow tomorrow”.
With the proper vernacular established, the file delves into using common scenarios, such as guessing someone’s birthday, height, name, and age. For instance, what is the probability that a person’s name has more than 5 letters? It provides interesting conversations among classmates and also allows the teacher to make group or individual work or whole classroom discussions on the questions. It reviews each small lesson and has an activity for the students to come up with their own scenarios, which then can be presented to the class. There are several slides of this sort in the file.
The file then moves into teaching probability as fractions. It uses a spinners and a bag filled with colorful cubes, to teach how probability can be discussed in fractions.
It also incorporates a self-taught Group Work Lesson. The activity is for students to use tree diagrams to figure out how many possibilities there are and what is the probability of certain things happening.
It also comes with a great review lesson that reviews probability statements, probability as fractions, probability tree diagrams. A key assessment questions is also provided in the file which allows for a nice diagnostic tool to see if students understand and are retaining information.
**This download also comes with a Print Off version of the review, with attached rubrics for marking.**