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This list offers good places to begin looking for probability and statistics lesson plan collections or materials on which to base them. For more sites, see our page of individual probability and statistics lesson plans, browse all lesson plans, or search the Library.

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  1. CHANCE - J. Laurie Snell, Mathematics Dept., Dartmouth College
    Materials designed to help teach a "Chance" course or a more standard introductory probability or statistics course. A Chance course is a case study quantitative literacy course designed to make students more informed and critical readers of current news items that use probability and statistics, as reported in daily newspapers. This site contains: Chance News, a monthly newsletter with abstracts of articles from current newspapers and journals, and suggestions for discussion questions for class use, with an archive; video lectures and audio discussions of Chance topics; syllabi of previous Chance courses and articles that have been written about them; a Teacher's Guide and other materials useful for teaching a Chance course; and links to related Internet sources for teaching a probability or statistics course. The Chance team of developers includes: J. Laurie Snell and Peter Doyle of Dartmouth College, Joan Garfield of the University of Minnesota, Tom Moore of Grinnell College, Bill Peterson of Middlebury College, and Ngambal Shah of Spelman College. more>>

  2. CIESE Online Classroom Projects - Stevens Institute of Technology
    Projects that use realtime data available from the Internet, and collaborative projects that use the Internet's potential to reach peers and experts around the world. The site lists currently sponsored projects by level, with an archive of past sponsored projects, each with a brief desciption and links to the National Science Standards and NCTM math standards it supports. Also at http://www.ciese.org/currichome.html. From the Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education (CIESE) at Stevens Institute of Technology. more>>

  3. ClarisWorks Graphing: Spreadsheet Lessons - Suzanne Alejandre
    Step-by-step directions for using ClarisWorks spreadsheets, helpful in exploring the differences between exponential functions and linear functions. Bar graphs, pie charts, pictograms, and other graphs for linear, polynomial, and exponential functions. more>>

  4. Exploring Data - Math Forum/USI
    Pages for finding and displaying data sets, designed to support workshops on statistics given by the Math Forum for the Urban Systemic Initiative in Philadephia and San Diego. Included are: links by level to relevant statistics Standards (NCTM, California, Philadelphia); lesson plans for collecting, analyzing, and/or displaying data; sources of data sets, general information, courses, and statistics software on the Web; and an "Oceans of Data" page with a data set (diving records) to download, instructions for making a ClarisWorks graph, suggested questions for discussion, and related 'ocean links' (NOAA, SeaWifs, tide tables, etc.). more>>

  5. GirlTECH - Cynthia Lanius; Center for Research on Parallel Computation (CRPC)
    GirlTECH was a teacher training and student council program that encouraged young women to pursue careers in mathematics and science, offering intensive technology training to explore innovative teaching strategies for gender equity in the classroom through a training period at The Rice School and Rice University in Houston, Texas. GirlTECH lesson plans were designed by participating teachers to take full advantage of Internet resources and teach standard concepts in mathematics and sciences in new and exciting ways. The site includes lessons and Internet projects from 1995-2006. more>>

  6. Internet Lessons - Susan Boone; GirlTECH '95, CRPC, RUSMP
    Lessons with an Internet component, developed for GirlTECH'95, a program funded by CRPC Rice University and the RUSMP. A Functional Housing Market asks students to search the Internet for housing prices and compare them to the area of a house, thus deriving a linear equation. The Internet Pizza Server lets students order pizzas, calculating their area and determine the better buy. With Pop Clock, students look at the census site, study data and make predictions on future populations. Find the mean and median speeds for racers in the INDY 500. Study rates and speeds by using the Real-Time Traffic Report. more>>

  7. K-12 Teaching Materials (Mathematics Archives) - University of Tennessee, Knoxville (UTK)
    An extensive list of Internet sites with significant collections of materials that can be used in the teaching of mathematics at the K-12 level. Organized into categories: lesson plans, schools, software and other K-12 Internet math sites. more>>

  8. Learning Network Teacher Connection - Daily Lesson Plans - New York Times on the Web
    A new lesson plan each day, each based on the day's news. Math lessons explore such topics as understanding the value of numbers in the newspaper; calculating refugee camp supply costs; examining the promise and problems of an "internet time" system; interpreting opinion polls; analyzing baseball hall of fame statistics; learning about company mergers through interpreting and creating graphs; analyzing statistics and creating graphs; using maps, statistics, and written texts to recognize the H.I.V. explosion in Africa; determining criteria of greatness in the math or social studies classroom; a lesson in comparative economics; researching epidemics; and unmasking mathematical concepts in the art world. The lesson plan archive includes many other subjects including science and technology. Authors include Alison Zimbalist, The New York Times Learning Network; and Lorin Driggs, The Bank Street College of Education in New York City. more>>

  9. The Mathematics of Change - 1993 Woodrow Wilson Leadership Program in Mathematics
    Activities presented at a 1993 conference focused on change and reform, with notes on the type of technology represented and the level for which each is intended. more>>

  10. Mathematics - World Lecture Hall
    Links to pages created by faculty worldwide who are using the Web to deliver math class materials: course syllabi, assignments, lecture notes, exams, class calendars, multimedia textbooks, etc. Advanced Integer Programming, Advanced Linear Programming, Advanced Nonlinear Programming, Calculus I, Vector Calculus, and Differential Equations, Calculus II and III, Calculus of a Single Variable, College Algebra, Combinatorics Topics for K-8 Teachers; Discrete Mathematics for Computer Science Students; e-Calculus; Finite Mathematics; Higher Geometry I; History of Math; Interactive Graph Theory Tutorials; Introduction to College Algebra II; Introduction to Differential Equations; Linear Algebra, Probability, and Personal Finance; Linear Programming; Math Foundations of Artificial Intelligence; Mathematical Analysis I; Multivariable Calculus; Multivariable Calculus with Maple Online; Nonlinear Optimization; Numerical Methods for Engineers; Optimization Modeling; Senior Seminar; Statistics; Studies In Mathematics; Technology Tools for Secondary School Mathematics; and Trigonometry. more>>

  11. Numeracy in the News - The Mercury/University of Tasmania
    Newspaper articles collected from the Tasmanian (Australia) metropolitan daily newspaper, The Mercury, to represent the five areas of the Chance and Data curriculum (Data Collection and Sampling, Data Representation, Chance and Basic Probability, Data Reduction, and Inference), and aspects of numeracy throughout mathematics. Each section contains introductory questions, and each article is followed by a short discussion. Many articles can be associated with more than one part of the curriculum. Articles are also cross-referenced by topic for use in projects or by teachers of subject areas other than mathematics. News topics include: health, social change, sport, diet, environment/ science, traffic, smoking, politics, and gender issues. more>>

  12. Resource Room (Math Central) - University of Regina, Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
    French version: Centre de ressources. A service of Math Central that allows mathematics educators to share resources having to do with math teaching. Submissions are stored in a database that can be browsed by educational level and curriculum strand, or searched by keyword. Also: mathematics glossaries, sites of particular interest to Saskatchewan teachers, and a CyberBibliography. Elementary, middle, and secondary level strands include: algebra, calculus, data management and analysis/consumer mathematics; equations and problem solving; functions; general; geometry; math history; measurement; numbers and operations; problem solving; ratio and proportion; subject integration; and trigonometry. more>>

  13. Secondary Math Units - Margaret Sinclair
    Units for grades 9-12. For grades 9-10: Data Collecting in the Classroom, Algebraic Problem-solving using Spreadsheets (a unit that emphasizes moving from numerical to symbolic representation), and a newspaper review unit on the Skydome. For grades 11-12: Three Days in the Lab (Sketchpad assignments for seniors when lab time is short); Linear Transformations using Spreadsheets; Show and Tell for Big Kids (investigating math using computers when you have limited lab time); and Investigating Functions Using Spreadsheets (with an emphasis on Microsoft Excel). more>>

  14. SMILE Program Mathematics Index - Science and Mathematics Initiatives for Learning Enhancement
    Over 200 single-concept lesson plans in the following categories: Geometry and Measurement, Patterns and Logic, Probability and Statistics, Recreational and Creative Math, Practical and Applied Math, Arithmetic, Graphs and Visuals, Algebra and Trigonometry, and Miscellaneous. These lessons may be freely copied and used in a classroom but they remain the copyright property of the author. more>>


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