Author: Nancy Pfenning, Ph.D.
Product Code: 353
ISBN: 9781882664351
Pages: 184
Availability: In stock.

Do you avoid teaching probability and statistics because the subjects seem confusing and complex? Are you less than sure about your knowledge of the topics?

Let Chances Are . . . take you and your students on a fun and exciting mathematical journey none of you will ever forget! Filled with easy-to-understand explanations and creative activities, this book offers teachers a simple method for teaching probability and statistics in an enjoyable way. This book can serve as an introduction for any beginner, from gifted and advanced students in upper elementary school, to high school students needing enrichment or preparation for Advanced Placement Statistics or future college courses.

From helping to win a card game, to making life-or-death medical decisions, the uses of probability and statistics are virtually endless. For teachers of elementary students, the book offers simple, hands-on lessons and activities about probability and basic statistics. For teachers of older students, advanced statistical concepts are discussed and activities are provided. Reviewers have found the book's level to be appropriate for a wide range of ages, from fourth graders to post-secondary students.

Grades 4–12


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by Amy Stults
on 4/15/2014
from Ohio
Perfect for Middle School Math
This book can easily go hand-in-hand with Statistics for Kids from Prufrock Press. Probability is the study of patterns and the occurrence of random numbers. Patterns can emerge from analyzing results and studying patterns can help a student to understand estimates and samples. This book doesn’t just show one answer for each question. Some questions have multiple solutions and examples.

Venn diagrams, charts, formulas, dice, cards, and other manipulatives are used. Each of the 9 chapters has enough content to easily stretch it out over 2-3 weeks of school, making this a curriculum that could easily last half the school year. The lessons are perfectly laid out to be very mom and kid-friendly.
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Review by: Kate Corby, Education Review - July 1, 1999
According to its Preface, this book could introduce probability and statistics to students ranging from gifted fourth graders through entry level college. Pfenning uses simple examples to demonstrate concepts: students on a bus, cards in a deck, numbers on dice. She believes that mathematical symbols and real-life data sets add too much confusing complication to math courses. This course presents only the bare necessities. Much of the material has been used successfully by the author with gifted fourth through sixth graders in a special program at Carnegie Mellon.

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