Lesson idea. A lesson activity to explore probability with dice. We are used to the idea of transitivity, where we can ascribe an order to events. Efron’s dice are non-transitive and probability methods that the pupils are familiar with can be used to explore how to play a game using them.
Teaching approach. Efron's dice provide a discussion(ta) topic for joint reasoning(ta) - whole class(ta) or in group work(ta). Pupils can explore aspects of mathematical thinking(ta) particularly with relation to probability. (edit)
|Title||Playing with Probability - Efron's Dice|
|Learning Objectives|| |
Understanding the worth of probability tables and how to use them to solve a problem.
|Format / structure|| |
A wiki page also available as a downloadable Word document.
|Age of students / grade|| |
|Useful information|| |
Large wooden dice that are coloured green, yellow, red and purple with stickers to show numbers (see this page).
|Files and resources to view and download|
This resource was adapted from resources contributed by Mark Dawes