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Learning objects The foul food maker: go figure


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 questions using these words and then build your own examples. Learn how to describe probability using fractions, decimals and percentages. Explore sampling experiments and compare actual results with expected results. This learning object is one in a series of four objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students match probability situations with everyday chance words.
  • Students explore the tension between theoretical probability and randomness.
  • Students express theoretical probabilities as fractions, decimals or percentages.
  • Students explore variations in samples and compare these with the theoretical result.
Educational value
  • Provides compatibility with a screen reader.
  • Provides a written language summary of probability in terms of the likelihood of an outcome occurring.
  • Poses a series of questions (using the language of chance and probability) for students to check their understanding of the topic.
  • Challenges students to generate a list of outcomes to match given probability statements.
  • Provides a written discussion (inviting some student response) of the use of numbers in probability and a comparison between experimental and theoretical probability.
Year level

5; 6; 7

Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    • Mathematics/Estimating (Mathematics)
    • Mathematics/Decimal system
    • Mathematics/Certain outcomes
    • Mathematics/Impossible outcomes
    • Mathematics/Likelihood
    • Mathematics/Percentages
    • Mathematics/Odds
    • Mathematics/Probability
    • Mathematics/Equivalence
    • Mathematics/Estimation
    • Mathematics/Fractions
    • Mathematics/Experiments
    • Mathematics/Subjective probability
    • Mathematics/Random events
    • Mathematics/Theoretical probabilities
    • Mathematics/Sampling
    • Mathematics/Statistics
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • 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
    • Microsoft Internet Explorer - minimum version: 8.0 (MS-Windows) - maximum version: 9.0 (MS-Windows)
    • Firefox - minimum version: (MS-Windows)
    • 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.