Bus Stop: How many different ways can four people stand in line?
Coloured Sheep: What is the probability of picking a red sheep from the sheep in the field?
Ice Cream: How many different ice cream cones can be made by choosing two scoops from six flavours?
Pick From The Pot: The pot contains 10 counters which are being randomly removed and replaced. How many of each colour do you think are in the pot?
Tran's Hats: In how many different ways might Tran decide to wear his hats in one week?
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Comment recorded on the 23 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Judy, Chatsmore CHS:
"This triangle starter is excellent. I have used it with all of my ks3 and ks4 classes and they are all totally focused when counting the triangles."
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"A really useful set of resources - thanks. Is the collection available on CD? Are solutions available?"
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"Love using the Starter of the Day activities to get the students into Maths mode at the beginning of a lesson. Lots of interesting discussions and questions have arisen out of the activities.
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Comment recorded on the 25 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Inger.kisby@herts and essex.herts.sch.uk, :
"We all love your starters. It is so good to have such a collection. We use them for all age groups and abilities. Have particularly enjoyed KIM's game, as we have not used that for Mathematics before. Keep up the good work and thank you very much
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"A Maths colleague introduced me to your web site and I love to use it. The questions are so varied I can use them with all of my classes, I even let year 13 have a go at some of them. I like being able to access the whole month so I can use favourites with classes I see at different times of the week. Thanks."
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Comment recorded on the 1 May 'Starter of the Day' page by Phil Anthony, Head of Maths, Stourport High School:
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"This resource has made a great deal of difference to the standard of starters for all of our lessons. Thank you for being so creative and imaginative."
Comment recorded on the 19 June 'Starter of the Day' page by Nikki Jordan, Braunton School, Devon:
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Comment recorded on the 14 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Trish Bailey, Kingstone School:
"This is a great memory aid which could be used for formulae or key facts etc - in any subject area. The PICTURE is such an aid to remembering where each number or group of numbers is - my pupils love it!
Comment recorded on the 7 December 'Starter of the Day' page by Cathryn Aldridge, Pells Primary:
"I use Starter of the Day as a registration and warm-up activity for my Year 6 class. The range of questioning provided is excellent as are some of the images.
Comment recorded on the 18 September 'Starter of the Day' page by Mrs. Peacock, Downe House School and Kennet School:
"My year 8's absolutely loved the "Separated Twins" starter. I set it as an optional piece of work for my year 11's over a weekend and one girl came up with 3 independant solutions."
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"I used this with my bottom set in year 9. To engage them I used their name and favorite football team (or pop group) instead of the school name. For homework, I asked each student to find a definition for the key words they had been given (once they had fun trying to guess the answer) and they presented their findings to the rest of the class the following day. They felt really special because the key words came from their own personal information."
Probability is a measure of the weight of evidence, and is arrived at through reasoning and inference. In simple terms it is a measure or estimation of likelihood of the occurrence of an event. The word probability comes from the Latin word probabilitas which is a measure of the authority of a witness in a legal case. Some of the earlier mathematical studies of probability were motivated by the desire to be more profitable when gambling. Today however the practical uses of probability theory go far beyond gambling and are used in many aspects of modern life.
Probability Teacher Resources:
Dice and Spinners: Computer generated random numbers for games and probability experiments
Dice Bingo: Choose your own numbers for your bingo card. The caller uses two dice and adds the numbers together.
Greater Than: The teacher has a set of six cards numbered 1 to 6. They are placed face down on the teachers desk so that the teacher can pick up one at random which students then have to fit onto a grid.
Likelihood: Arrange some statements in order according to the probability of them happening. Compare your opinion with thousands of others.
Normal Distribution Calculator: A customised online calculator for quickly finding areas under the normal distribution curve.
Plinko Probability: A simulation of a Quincunx (Galton Board) which can be used to create the bell shaped curve of the normal distribution.
Probability Words: A visual aid to highlight the vocabulary of probability and to debate the relationship between the given words.
Skunk: A game for the whole Maths class to play involving chance and choice.
Snail Race: Twelve snails have a race based on the sum of two dice. This is the teachers' version of the race simulation.
Two Dice Possibility Space: An interactive visual aid showing the possibility space obtained when throwing two dice
Frequency Trees: Use a frequency tree to show two or more events and the number of times they occurred.
Great Expectation: An interactive online activity requiring logical thinking and a certain amount of luck to place the digits on the correct side of the inequality sign.
Hi-Low Predictions: A version of the Play Your Cards Right TV show. Calculate the probabilities of cards being higher or lower.
Likelihood: Arrange some statements in order according to the probability of them happening. Compare your opinion with thousands of others.
Pin Drop: Estimate the probability of a drawing pin landing point up from experimental data.
Probability: Basic probability questions in an online exercise.
Probability Washing Line: Hang out the washing on the line so that the probability words on the t-shirts are in order.
Remainder Race: A game involving chance and choice requiring an ability to calculate the remainder when a two digit number is divided by a single digit number.
Snail Race: A race between 12 snails. Which snail is most likely to win? This is the students' version of the race simulation.
Superior: A game for two players who compete to make the largest possible number from randomly selected cards.
Tree Diagrams: Calculate the probability of independent and dependent combined events using tree diagrams.
Finally there is Topic Test, a set of 10 randomly chosen, multiple choice questions suggested by people from around the world.
Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Probability.
Dice Investigation: Throw two dice and multiply the scores. Investigate the different products you can obtain. What about adding? What about using three dice?
Egg boxes: In how many different ways can two eggs be arranged in an egg box?
House Painting: The houses in Mathsland are all three storeys tall. Each storey is painted using one colour. How many ways can the houses be painted.
Predictive Survey: An eight question survey collecting data for an amazing probability experiment.
Traffic Jams: How many ways can three cars be lined up in a traffic jam?
GCSE Probability Part 1: Screencast of probability lesson for Intermediate GCSE Maths.
The Price is Right: How lucky can you get? How many ways are there to arrange the digits 23019? What strategies might a contestant use to get a price from these 5 digits.
Snail Race Board: If pupils are unable to play the Snail Race online this printable board can be used with counters and dice.
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