Education Technology

Data Analysis and Probability

Published on 06/09/2008

Activity Overview

Students explore the basics in data analysis and probability.

Before the Activity

  • See the attached PDF file for detailed instructions for this activity
  • Print student activity sheets for each separate section: Spin Me Along pg 108-109, Tiles in a Bag pg 114, Number Cube Sums pg 118, Analyzing Number Cube Sums pg 121, Picturing Probabilities of Number Cube Sums pg 127, and An Average Lunch? pg 131.

  • During the Activity

    Distribute the page to the class.

    Follow the activity procedures:
    Spin Me Along:

  • Explore probability and patterns in fractions, decimals, and percents by spinning three spinners and recording and analyzing the result


  • Tiles in a Bag:
  • Explore probability and patterns in fractions, decimals, and percents by drawing tiles out of a bag and recording and analyzing the results


  • Number Cube Sums:
  • Explore experimental probability and patterns in fractions, decimals, and percents by rolling two number cubes and recording and analyzing the sums that come up


  • Analyzing Number Cube Sums:
  • Extend the understanding of theoretical probability and patterns, using number cubes
  • Build awareness that a fraction and its decimal and percent representation on the calculator are close, but not necessarily equal


  • Picturing Probabilities of Number Cube Sums:
  • Use ideas of ratio and proportion to investigate various ways to make a circle graph
  • Graph the probabilities of the different sums that can be generated with two number cubes


  • An Average Lunch?:
  • Explore the meaning of the average (mean) value for a set of data
  • After the Activity

  • Review student results
  • As a class, discuss questions that appeared to be more challenging
  • Re-teach concepts as necessary