The Case of the Corrupt Carnival: Probability

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Math Spies is my problem-solving website that I designed to use with my students. I am creating paper/pencil tasks that go with the units I have designed online.
Math Spies and the Case of the Corrupt Carnival is a probability unit. Students determine likely, unlikely, and impossible events through a series of carnival games. They use this information to determine if the game is fair or not.
Although probability is not a strand that is called out in Common Core, each of these games could be used to practice number, fractions, or interpreting data.
In this packet are seven “carnival games” students will evaluate based on likely and unlikely outcomes. I have included a trifold page with the words “likely, unlikely, and impossible” so all students can respond at the same time in class discussion.
For your convenience, I created the spinners in three formats – color, labelled, and blank. I have not always had access to color printers in my teaching situations. The blank one may be used for a variety of activities beyond these lessons.
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The Case of the Corrupt Carnival: Probability
The Case of the Corrupt Carnival: Probability
The Case of the Corrupt Carnival: Probability
The Case of the Corrupt Carnival: Probability