This download contains two Easter-themed activities to engage your students in probability. You will receive a total of 5 sheets to use with your students.
Jelly Bean Probability
This activity will require a little bit of teacher preparation. Divide pink, purple, yellow, orange and green jelly beans into separate bags or containers for each student. Each student should receive 20-50 jelly beans, but not every student needs to get the same number.
Give each student their bag or container of jelly beans at the beginning of the lesson. Remind them to NOT EAT the jelly beans yet! Students count out their jelly beans and record their number. They then separate their jelly beans by color and graph the results. This will help them answer the probability questions on the next page.
The last question is a “trick” question that will assess if students are truly understanding the idea of probability.
Of course, you can allow the students to eat the jelly beans when the lesson is completed!
Bunny Belly Probability
This activity comes with two variations. In both, students will color a bunny spinner, then find the probability of spinning a certain color. The first worksheet allows students to choose how many of each color to color the spinner. This first variation does contain higher level questioning, as it asks the students to think about what would happen to the probability if they had used an extra color. The second worksheet is a little more controlled by assigning numbers to each color. This second variation contains questions on two worksheets and asks for the least likely and most likely color to be spun.
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