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A sequence of lessons designed to build student understanding of probability. By exploring different questions that students pose from the given prompts, the inquiry can cover many areas. Students may choose to work individually or in pairs throughout the lesson to build on their understandings. Examples of student questions and responses are provided, with visuals to guide the teacher to build and develop student understanding of the topic. Additionally, a prompt sheet and PowerPoint have been provided.

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Year level(s) Year 9, Year 10
Audience Teacher
Purpose Assessment task, Extension, Student task, Teaching resource
Format Downloadable resources
Teaching strategies and pedagogical approaches Collaborative learning, Differentiated teaching, Explicit teaching, Feedback, Mathematics investigation
Keywords probability, permutation, replacement, combination

Curriculum alignment

Curriculum connections Critical and creative thinking, Numeracy
Strand and focus Probability, Statistics, Build understanding, Apply understanding
Topics Chance and probability
AC: Mathematics content descriptions
ACMSP225 List all outcomes for two-step chance experiments, both with and without replacement using tree diagrams or arrays. Assign probabilities to outcomes and determine probabilities for events
ACMSP246 Describe the results of two- and three-step chance experiments, both with and without replacements, assign probabilities to outcomes and determine probabilities of events. Investigate the concept of independence
ACMSP247 Use the language of ‘if ....then, ‘given’, ‘of’, ‘knowing that’ to investigate conditional statements and identify common mistakes in interpreting such language
National numeracy learning progression Understanding chance - UnC5

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