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Statistics and Probability: Grades 3-5

This 5-lesson unit (pdf) gives students experience in gathering, depicting and analyzing real data. In each of these lessons students use 100 pennies to explore various data and probability concepts. The first 3 lesson plans focus on collecting, representing, and interpreting data. This information is then utilized in the last 2 lesson plans to discuss probability and games of chance. Additional topics and worksheet masters for these activities are provided at the end of this booklet.
Contributed by: Education Development Center - Initiator, MathPartners - Publisher
Math TopicMeasurement, Number Sense, Decimals, Mathematical Practices, Probability, Mathematical Processes, Data and Statistics
Grade Level4, 5, 6+
Resource TypeActivity, Lesson Plans, Unit of Instruction

  • Additional Information
    • AudienceEducator
    • LanguageEnglish (USA)
    • Education Topic
    • Interdisciplinary Connection
    • Professional DevelopmentNo
    • ContributorEducation Development Center - Initiator, MathPartners - Publisher
    • Publication Date2008-04-16
    • RightsCopyright (c) 1999-2008 Educational Development Center, Inc.
    • AccessFree access
  • Standards
    • Common Core State Standards for Mathematics

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  • User Comments
    • 5
      So Simple, yet so Complex
      By bethb on 05/03/2012 - 13:14
    • I love this unit; it takes something so simple (a penny) and has students apply their math skills in such a way that builds connections and deeper meaning over several days.