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Fun with Probability! The Probable Pen in the Cereal Box

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Author:Michael Cornell; College of Education, Univ. of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Description: A cooperative classroom project for grades K-9. Over a three-week period (24 April - 10 May 1996), project participants jointly calculated the expected value of a simple probability problem via experimentation. This joint effort among interested schools worldwide was designed to calculate the number of boxes of cereal one needs to purchase to receive a complete set of six colored pens. The project also served as the subject of two papers, one on the relationship of the project to national education standards, and one about the execution of the project. Final results and comments from the participants are provided.

Levels: Elementary, Middle School (6-8), High School (9-12)
Languages: English
Resource Types: Lesson Plans and Activities, Internet-Based Projects, Articles
Math Topics: Data Analysis, Probability

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