This problem-set is all about experimenting with probability through both standard and non-standard dice sets. What happens to the probability of each sum, 2- 12, when we change the numbers on the dice? What happens to the probabilities when we use dice that have 4 sides, rather than 6? How can we make our own dice with our own numbers, but keep the probabilities the same?
To complete these problems, your kids will do hands-on experiments with each set of dice, think carefully about the resulting probabilities, and make comparisons across the sets. They’ll also be challenged to create dice sets of their own, where the numbers are different, but the probabilities of each sum are the same – and then explain not just why their set works, but why it’s the only way to do it!
Challenge your students to use probability, experimentation, logical thinking, and problem-solving skills to not just understand how the probabilities work, but how they connect across sets of dice!
This download includes a complete problem-solving journey to get your students thinking, including 3 unique, engaging, problem-solving tasks; the Warm-Up, the Problem, and its Exstemsion.
Created by teachers, with teachers and parents in mind, each task is built to challenge students to use their prior knowledge, and think creatively as they strive to solve the context-driven problems.
This download includes the following additional teaching tools:
•Thinking skills (what kind of thinking are kids building here?)
•Supporting Questions (ideas for the questions you might as a student when they are stuck, place where they are most likely to get stuck!)
•Big Ideas (what are the math ideas built through this problem?)