I couldn’t find a particular post to tag this onto, so instead I’ll point you to Amazon, where you can buy a bag of dice for twenty bucks.
Between this bag of dice and a bag of pennies that I kept in the classroom, there were a lot of great opportunities for quick probability experiments during class. Here are some things that we did:
- Flip 3 coins, keep track of heads, tails and mixed
- Roll 2 dice, keep track of sums
- Roll 3 dice, keep track of number of double 5’s that are rolled
- Flip 1 coin and roll 2 dice, and keep track of the number of HEADS + Evens
Even with a small class there’s a lot of mind-boggling convergence here. Merge all the data in a spreadsheet, if you can, and just put it right up there on the smart board.