The Lost Treasure lesson plan (and board game) is based on the PBS classic ‘Remove One”. The game objective is to demonstrate knowledge of math probability while developing winning game strategies. This is accomplished by being the first team to remove all of your pieces of eight or gold doubloons from the game board. Lesson Four in the Pirate’s Chance Math Academy game series, Lost Treasure teaches probability in the context of playing a fun pirate game. Young kids love pirates and the game board was developed to capture their interest while giving the teacher a format through which to teach a math concept in a new and exciting way! When played as part of the Pirate’s Chance Math Academy game series, Lost Treasure serves to help anchor the important probability math vocabulary and concepts. The game can be played as a stand- alone probability game or as an integral part of the Pirate’s Chance games.
After playing the game, students should begin to see a pattern. Do they? Certain numbers are more likely rolled than others, based on probability. Do students discover this pattern in discussion groups or on their own? (eg.The probability of rolling a seven is 6 out of 36 and the probability of rolling a two is 1 out of 36). How can the teacher incorporate Lost Treasure within the context of their lesson planning?
All materials are original and created with professional graphic design software. The digital downloads include: The Pirate’s Chance game board, doubloon and pieces of eight game coins, a probability spinner, six different pirate dice and a Treasure Chest in which to store coins.
Students will discover the probability of selecting pirate coins and the risk of losing the game based on where they locate their booty. Older students will calculate and compare the probability of selecting coins separately and in combinations.
Common Core Math Standards met by Pirate Chance games:
Statistics and Probability 6.SP
Develop understanding of statistical variability 6.SP.1, 6.SP.2.
Summarize and describe distributions 6.SP.5.a, 6.SP.5.c
Statistics and Probability 7.SP
Use random sampling to draw inferences about a population. 7.SP.1, 7.SP.2
Draw informal comparative inferences about two populations. 7.SP.3. 7.SP.4
Investigate chance processes and develop, use, and evaluate probability models. 7.SP.5, 7.SP.6, 7.SP.7.b, 7.SP.8.a, 7.SP.8.b