I am excited to be part of the Swap, Share and Give link-up with a group of talented blogging educators.
With great anticipation did a resource swap with Paula from Paula’s Place. As soon as I saw her iSURF Maths products I knew I needed to get a closer look.
The content of the Australian Curriculum for Mathematics is driven by the proficiency strands of Problem Solving, Understanding, Reasoning and Fluency. Paula from Paula’s Place teamed up with her colleague Kerry to create resources that cleverly use the proficiency strands as an acronym for their suite of products iSURF Maths.
What’s the Chance? is a one week program with activities aimed at the content descriptors covering the concept of chance from the Statistics and Probability strand for year 3 and 4 of the Australian Mathematics Curriculum.
The acronym i SURF stands for individual goals, problem Solving, Understanding, Reasoning and Fluency (the proficiency strands of the Australian Curriculum). The approach of this resource is to incorporate the proficiency strands throughout the teaching of the unit with the added use of individual goal so students can track their own level of growth as they complete their lessons.
A detailed and easy to follow planning document forms the basis for teaching the content in this pack. It is a 2 page program, so is easy to carry around while teaching and then file away when needed! There are detailed notes on each of the activities included. So with the planning already done all I had to do was carry out the lessons. This in itself is well worth the investment.
There are a couple of games to play throughout the week, the well known Heads and Tails and another that is similar but is based on the suits in a deck of cards. These games are a fun way to start a lesson, there are questions included in the planning document to help get students to understand the connection between the game and the ideas of chance.
The main activities focus on students moving from conducting chance experiments provided by me and ending in them designing their own. Students complete a coin flipping and dice rolling chance experiment to begin the week. This was great fun and we got to talk about the possible outcomes of each situation and then compare this to the reality of the experiment. I had the students work in pairs as this helped to stimulate a lot more conversation.
For the next activity we ordered a set of events on a line of chance from least likely to most likely. I got the students to put the events in order at their desks and then we put them onto a class display. The debate and conversation was very valuable. I used some of my word wall words to put along the line, beneath the events cards. This enabled me to introduce the words certain and impossible, then show where they belong on the line.
I use a large piece of felt and laminated cards backed with Velcro dots to make the line of chance, which hangs on a hook in my room. I can use this line in other units for ordering and calculating. The cards are easy for students to rearrange as we change our minds during the unit. After another couple of activities looking at events and likelihood it is time to jump into the rich problem solving task of each student designing their own chance experiment. This is a challenging proposition for many students so going through the process with them using the modelled example is a great idea. Once the students are familiar with the task you can present them with some materials appropriate for chance experiments.
I guided my students through each step of the experiment creation process, with them making their own choices at each stage. The worksheet provided in the pack is very easy for students to follow the process of creating the experiment.
Once the students design and test their experiment it is time for the students to swap with each other. This whole process was quite challenging for many, but the understanding that was developed was quite deep. They loved testing each other’s experiments and providing feedback with the feedback form.
There is a straightforward checklist included in the pack, for recording the results of the students achievements. This will be very handy when it comes to writing my reports!
My kiddies and I had great fun with this pack, and I have seen their understandings grow over the past week. I love the reference to the proficiency strands, as I can see that I am catering for these through the lessons. I would recommend this pack to anyone teaching with the Australian Curriculum.
This i SURF Maths unit works great with a word wall to support students using the language of chance in their work. Encouraging students to learn the definitions of the vocabulary they are encountering helps to develop their fluency.
I would like to share with you a free word wall to help with your teaching of this unit. Head over to my TpT store for a copy of Chance Word Wall.
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P.S If you leave a comment on this post, I will randomly select one person to win a copy of Paula’s resource What’s the Chance?