# Basic Probability Lesson Plan: Statistics and Probability

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic **Basic Probability**, and supports the standard of investigating chance processes and developing, using, and evaluating probability models. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of projects.

**Step 1: ACTIVATE PRIOR KNOWLEDGE**

Show the class a die. Ask:

*What are my chances of rolling a three? What are the chances I will roll a six?*

Prompt students to explain their reasoning. Then roll the die to see if you made the odds.

**Step 2: BUILD KNOWLEDGE**

- Read the description on the
**Basic Probability topic page**. - Play the
**Movie**, pausing to check for understanding. - Assign
**Related Reading**. Have students read one of the following articles: “Fun & Games” or “Did You Know?” Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

**Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS **

Assign **Basic Probability Challenge** and **Quiz**, prompting students to apply essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.

**Step 4: DEEPEN and EXTEND**

Students express what they learned about basic probability while practicing **essential literacy skills** with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

**Make-a-Movie**: Produce a game show in which players compete to determine the probability of rolling different outcomes of two dice.**Make-a-Map**: Create a concept map identifying the probability of flipping two coins and landing on different combinations of heads and tails.**Creative Coding**: Code a game challenging players to determine whether or not certain situations have a probability of 1/2 .

**More to Explore **

**Related BrainPOP Topics**: Deepen understanding of statistics and probability with these topics: **Compound Events**,** Independent and Dependent Events**, and **Statistics**.

**Teacher Support Resources:**

**Pause Point Overview**: Video tutorial showing how Pause Points actively engage students to stop, think, and express ideas.**Learning Activities Modifications**: Strategies to meet ELL and other instructional and student needs.**Learning Activities Support**: Resources for best practices using BrainPOP.