Probability Spinners: Use Real World Data to Make Future Predictions
This is a probability activity I have used with my sixth graders. They really enjoy it because it's connected to the real world. I have my students work in groups, but you could have students do the work independently.
Students use data on sea lion patients from a Marine Rescue Center. They record the fraction, decimal and the correlating percents of reoccurring characteristics of the patients. Next, they create spinners finding the degrees of a circle needed for their data to represent the probability of characteristics. Finally, they use their spinners to predict characteristics of future sea lion patients.
I use this as an extension activity or an end of unit activity after my students have learned how to do probability problems with fractions, decimals, and percents.
1. Easy to follow directions for students.
2. Sea Lion Patient Data List
3. Recording Sheets for Students
5. Answer Key
It's a 27 page file, but 10 pages are the answer key.