Begin Research

  1. Prepare students to choose a topic to research in which probability may affect the lives of teens. This can be done through a class brainstorm on topics such as gambling and the lottery, carnival games, dreams of becoming a billionaire, or weather events that affect their local area.
  2. After students have indicated their interest in topics, have them conduct initial research. Is there sufficient information about probability for them to create a public service message presentation?  
  3. If students cannot find a topic, the teacher may assign one of these four topics:
    Driving and cell phone use
    Diet and health
    Professional athletics
    Costs associated with a college education
  4.  By the end of period, ask students to choose their final topic (See Tips and Tools if too many students want to focus on one topic.)
  5. Prepare a short quiz for "Form Teams and Continue Research Day". Use this textbook resource for sample problems for the quiz.

Tips and Tools

If there are conflicts over choices of topics (i.e., too many students desire one topic), you may ask students to deliver a one-minute presentation on the following day about the importance of this topic and why they wish to study it.

Highlight Mathematical Practice 2, Reason abstractly and quantitatively. Can students link their topic to experimental or theoretical probability information?

Have students enter their observations (what they learned, what they need to learn, etc) in their Daily Learning Logs.

If necessary, use the team-building resources to establish effective working teams.
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If necessary, introduce the rationale for teamwork. This is a 21st century skill essential in the workplace.

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