#1. November 4, 2009
I spent my weekend working on this week’s topic and newsletter, so I could take the week off to attend a super-secret conference of Internet rainmakers in San Francisco. I love the word “rainmakers.” I think it’s on my mind because it was used in a season two episode of “Mad Men” I watched last night. Answers.com defines it as “one who is known for achieving excellent results in a profession or field, such as business or politics.”
Anyway, enjoy today’s batch of probability games, and chances are pretty good that next week I’l be back to my usual schedule. And so, to paraphrase the many notes I’ve written for my kids’ teachers over the years, until then, “please excuse my tardies” in getting back to you with answers to your queries.
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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#3. Probability Games
by Barbara J. Feldman
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Dice games, coin tossing, and spinners can easily be played online as well as off. Today’s collection of probability games includes both kinds of activities, but with an emphasis on virtual online games.
Between Waters: Probability Games
This unassuming list of probability games lets you virtually toss a coin, roll a die, and play a Monty Hall game, where the host presents you with a choice of three doors. “Behind one door is a new car. Behind the others are goats. The host knows where the car is and has scripted the scenario in advance.” The author cleverly adds that this a demonstration only. He is not giving away any cars or goats! Should you switch doors after the host shows you a goat behind one of the remaining doors? Play the game and figure it out.
Johnnie’s Math Page: Probability
The probability section at Johnnie’s Math Page consists of links to thirteen games at other sites. They include dice games, coin games, and spinner games. My favorites are Ski Outcome and What’s in Santa’s Sack? Ski Outcome includes a video introducing the science of avalanche prediction, and a printable worksheet to keep track of the outcomes of the interactive game. What’s in Santa’s Sack is a Christmas probability game that asks you to determine what presents Santa has in his bag, based on his taking one gift out at a time, showing it to you, and then returning it to the bag.
Mathwire: One Die Toss
These eight die-toss activities are designed to be done (gasp!) offline, with a real die. For those looking for online games, at the bottom of the page are links to interactive versions of three of the experiments. Each activity includes printable directions (in PDF) with printable game boards where needed. Activities include Game of Pig, Car Race, and the Great Cookie Race. “Great Cookie Race challenges students to predict how many chips they will need to make sure each cookie has 8 chips. In this simulation, students toss a die, make a chip on that cookie and continue tossing and marking until each cookie has at least 8 chips.”
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