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An introduction to probability is featured in this printable math worksheet. Using pictures as a guide, students determine which objects are most and least likely to be chosen.

This worksheet includes several FutureFit Extension Activities that highlight 21st Century skills like critical thinking, service mentality, and creativity. These FutureFit Extension Activities are designed to reinforce the concepts included in the worksheet activity while integrating real-world skills. They can be used as in-class independent practice or group activities, or assigned for take-home or independent work.

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FutureFit Extension Activities

Get Real

Using the “coins in the bag” example from the worksheet, have students perform the actual experiment of shaking (or picking) coins from a bag. Arrange students in groups and provide them with a paper bag of coins as tallied on the worksheet. Have each group shake (or pick) a coin from the bag a maximum of 10 times, recording a tally of each coin chosen. Then, have the groups re-examine their answers on the worksheet and share with the class whether the real-life experiment mirrors the answers they provided on the sheet.


Continuing with the “coins in the bag” example, have students create a very simple hypothesis about which is the least likely coin to be shaken/picked in 3 separate rounds of shaking/picking from the bag. Arrange students in groups and have them perform 3 separate rounds of shaking/picking 10 times, creating a tally sheet of coins for each round. When all 3 rounds are finished, have students combine the tallies for the 3 rounds and determine, by counting the total number of tallies, whether their hypothesis is correct or not.

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First Grade Math Made Easy
First Grade Math Made Easy

The successful way to improve your child's math. These workbooks have been compiled and tested by a team of math experts to increase your child's confidence, enjoyment, and success at school. First Grade Math Made Easy provides practice at all the major topics for Grade 1 with emphasis on addition and subtraction concepts. It includes a review of Kindergarten topics and a preview of topics in Grade 2. Learn how the workbook correlates to the Common Core State Standards for mathematics.

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