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ERIC Number: EJ793970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1326-0286
Making the Most of Chance
Baker, Monica; Chick, Helen
Australian Primary Mathematics Classroom, v12 n1 p8-13 2007
Everyone knows that teachers do not have unlimited time, a log of experience, or a deep understanding of all the mathematics they teach. To solve this problem, teachers often use textbooks, and the accompanying teacher's resource books, as sources of activities and advice about how to help students learn mathematics. The activity that prompted this article (the "Two Spinners Game") came from such a resource. The authors observed two teachers using this activity in their Grade 5 classrooms. Both teachers prepared stimulating lessons in which students had opportunities to explore and extend their understanding of "chance" as the teachers drew out interesting concepts in the game. Unfortunately the teacher's resource book gave no details about the variety of important probability ideas that the classes could have explored, which restricted what the teachers covered in their lessons. In this article, the authors explore those ideas, highlighting the concepts the activity can develop, and suggesting variations that make the concepts more accessible. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A