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This tutorial is suitable for use with a screen reader. It explains how the use of simple words can describe the likelihood of everyday events. How likely is an event: certain, likely, equal chance, unlikely or certainly not? Answer some sample questions using these words and then build your own examples. This learning object is one in a series of three learning objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students match probability situations with everyday chance words.
  • Students explore the tension between theoretical probability and randomness.
  • Students construct situations to match probability situations.
Educational value
  • Provides a language-based summary of probability, in terms of the likelihood of an outcome occurring.
  • Poses a series of questions for students to check their understanding of the topic by using the agreed language of chance or probability.
  • Challenges students to generate a list of outcomes to match given probability statements.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics/Impossible outcomes
    • Mathematics/Likelihood
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Mathematics/Mathematical language
    • Mathematics/Odds
    • Mathematics/Probability
    • Mathematics/Certain outcomes
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Subject matter expert
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    • Visual independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • Safari - minimum version: 5.1 (MacOS)
    Operating systems
    • MacOS - minimum version: 10.6
    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.