Mathematics / Year 5 / Statistics and Probability / Chance

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Curriculum content descriptions

List outcomes of chance experiments involving equally likely outcomes and represent probabilities of those outcomes using fractions (ACMSP116)

Elaborations
  • commenting on the likelihood of winning simple games of chance by considering the number of possible outcomes and the consequent chance of winning in simple games of chance such as jan-ken-pon (rock-paper-scissors)
General capabilities
  • Literacy Literacy
  • Numeracy Numeracy
ScOT terms

Observations (Data),  Sample space

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The vile vendor: best guess

Use a vending machine to get a vile-flavoured drink such as cabbage, smelly sock or rusty nail. The machine serves a can of drink randomly from four slots. Guess which drink flavour is most likely to be served. Make several guesses and then check your results from the random sample. Work out the likelihood of an event in ...

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What are the chances?

Do you know what chance is? It's the probability or the likelihood of something happening. Watch this video as Grace explains the probability of picking a red marble out of a bowl. What's the probability of picking a green marble?

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Numeracy wrap: What is the chance?

In this resource students will use data to order chance events, order chance words on a number line and assign numerical value to the likelihood of an event occurring. It includes SMART Notebooks, links to interactive and printable sheets.

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Statistics games

This resource is a web page containing three dice games to explore chance. Each dice game has simple instructions to play the interactive strategy game. The games provide a useful way to investigate the chance of rolling a particular number after successive trials. This resource is one activity from the NRICH collection.

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Chance and playing with dice

Have you ever played a game that required you to roll a dice? Did you know that you have equal chances of rolling any of the six numbers? Can you think of another experiment where you have an equal chance of getting one result or the other?

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Introduction to probability

This is a website designed for both teachers and students in year 5, and addresses components of the probability topic. It is particularly relevant for discussing chance experiments where the probability of events is equally likely and for describing those events using fractions. There are pages for both teachers and students. ...

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Chance and playing with dice

Have you ever played a game that required you to roll a dice? Did you know that you have equal chances of rolling any of the six numbers? Can you think of another experiment where you have an equal chance of getting one result or the other?

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Chances are - unit of work

This unit explores the mathematics of chance. Discover the language of chance and how it affects our decisions. Explore the notion of probability, and how we can influence this.

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Make your own luck - unit of work

This unit explores the mathematics of chance, the notion of probability and how we can influence these factors.

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reSolve: Data - Making decisions

This sequence of two lessons explores data collection, representation and interpretation, particularly graphs. Students are presented with unlabelled graphs and invited to add their own labels and create a story to describe the graph. They are then asked to conduct an experiment testing the viscosity of household substances ...

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Mystery bag

In this mathematical activity, students make predictions about the contents of a mystery bag based on their own small sample. Students share information and reflect on and modify their predictions. Students choose a sample size they believe will be sufficient to make an accurate prediction and then check their predictions.

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Taronga Zoo - Rainforest heroes: iPad app

This iPad app provides an experience of Taronga Zoo's stunning Wild Asia rainforest trail. Guided by volunteer researcher Heidi Greentree and a GPS map, students create a PDF field report using the photographs they have taken, observations made and information collected. This can be emailed for further research and discussion ...

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Push your luck

This teaching resource outlines an introductory activity for students involving rolling two dice multiple times, adding the numerical value shown on the faces and recording the outcome using a tally sheet. The resource could be used by teachers to plan a class activity, or for students to carry out at home. The resource ...