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Sandy Reed Robert Fulton School
5300 S. Hermitage
Chicago IL 60609
The students in grade levels 5-8 will learn, discover, explore and tabulate a
table of the number of times a specific event can occur. In this activity,
students consider the results of two types of events. One involves repeated
sampling with replacement; the other, without replacement. In the first case,
the events are independent; in the second case, they are dependent.
Groups of two will need:
1. 3 Paper bags
2. Penny or any coin
3. 3 sets of five chips numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
1. The class will be divided into groups of two. Each group will be given
3 paper bags. In one bag labeled A, there will be 5 chips numbered 1-5
and a penny. In the second bag labeled A, there will be 5 chips numbered
1-5. In the third bag labeled B, there will be 5 chips numbered 1-5.
2. One person in each group will be asked to remove the penny from the bag
labeled A and place the three bags to the side. One person in each group
will look at the penny to determine the total number of sides of that penny.
3. After determining the number of sides of a penny, the group will flip the
penny once to determine the likelihood of getting a head.
4. The instructor will write the definition of probability and the formula for
5. The group will flip the coin twice and write a table of the total number of
outcomes that can occur when flipping a coin twice while the instructor
writes the table on the overhead projector. The instructor will show the
students how to write the table in a uniformed pattern. For example,
HH, HT, TT, TH, beginning with the heads as starting the pattern.
6. The student will use their probability formula to determine that
P=1/2x1/2=1/4 with each 1/2 being each flip (2 flips) and the probability
of flipping two heads is 1 out of 4 or 1/4.
7. The group will flip the coin 3 times and determine the table of 3 flips
using their own pattern and also, write the probability of 3 flips.
8. The group will then place the two bags labeled A on their desk and place the
penny to the side. The student will need to determine the table for all of
the total possible outcomes that can occur from drawing 5 chips in each of
the two bags and replacing the chips. The group will take turns drawing 2
chips (1 chip from one bag and 1 chip from the other bag) and writing down
the results. The group will continue to replace the chips in the bag after
the 2 chips are drawn. The group will need to determine that there are 25
total possible outcomes that can occur with replacement in independent
9. The group will then place the one bag labeled B, draw 2 times, and write
down the results of the first and second draw. The group will not replace
the chip from the first draw in the bag. For example, if the first draw was
a 2, the 2 would not be replaced in the bag. The student will need to
determine the table for all the total possible outcomes that can occur from
drawing 5 chips from one bag and not replacing the chip from the first draw.
The group will need to determine that there are only 20 total possible
outcomes that can occur without replacement in dependent sampling.