As I had said earlier, this spring, I'm hoping to kick off a bunch of new lessons that I'm attempting to use based upon my experiences this first semester. In Trigonometry, our very first unit is Probability & Data Analysis with our very first learning target focusing on the Fundamental Counting Principle.
Now, I haven't taught this lesson but I figured I'd get started and post about it and then post the results later on.
The previous night for homework, I assign an ASSISTment which reviews basic probability concepts from Algebra 1 (this will give me a quick Pre Assessment, as well). Next, there is an embedded instructional video in the online homework where the kids learn about the Fundamental Counting Principle (I can see how long the kids spend on the questions so I can guarantee that they watch the whole video). After this, they answer 3 questions:
Using the magazines that the kids bring in for homework, the kids will cut out articles of clothing in their groups (these can be student chosen or teacher assigned) for about 10 minutes.
I don't want to let the kids know .... yet ..... that this project isn't just for fun, but there will be math involved.
I do fear that I will lose the boys on this one, so I might crack a few remarks saying that you make Barbie and Ken look as snazzy or goofy as you would like.
After the ten minutes is up, I will then show the kids the real assignment.