This set of probability lab activities is a great alternative to the old stand-by worksheet. The lab includes 5 different activities which can be used as part of your guided math practice or math center.
In the activities below, the students will start by making predictions on what they think will happen, they will then actually perform the activities, tally the results, and then compare their predictions to the results:
Coin Toss – Students will work with coin tossing (2 possible outcomes)
Spinner Fun - Students will work with spinners. There are two different spinners included to make this more challenging. Spinner #1 has 3 equal outcomes, Spinner #2 has a 25%/25%/50% breakdown for its outcomes
Block Draw – Students will place different amounts of different colored blocks into a bag. This is certainly more challenging!
Even or Odd Tiles – Students will work with tiles numbered 1 through 7. There are two possible outcomes, but the outcomes are not equal.
It's in the Cards – Students will work with playing cards to determine probability. This allows us to add additional variables (numbers/face cards, suits, colors, etc.)
-Collect data using observations and experiments.
-Describe events as likely or unlikely and discuss the degree of likelihood using words such as certain, equally likely, and impossible.
-Predict the probability of outcomes of simple experiments and test the predictions.
To be clear, the lab includes the spinners, tiles, and playing cards. You'll have to provide the blocks and coins.
My students absolutely love doing this lab and it has really helped them understand probability by applying these concepts to objects they see and use everyday! Students won't forget this activity, will have a lot of fun, and most importantly, they won't forget what they learned!