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Dash and Dot are So Random (Gr. 4-6)

Description

So much around us happens randomly. How can Dash and Dot simulate random events when they have to follow a strict algorithm? In this lesson, students will learn how random variables can be utilized in computer programs.

Objectives

  • Understand what random variables are and when to use them
  • Write a program that uses a random variable
  • Find measures of center for a set of data and use them to describe the data

Educational Standards

Ontario

  • Grade 4 - Mathematics, Data Management & Probability: Frequency of Outcomes, Collect, Graph, Interpret Primary Data, Median
  • Grade 5 - Mathematics, Data Management & Probability: Frequency of Outcomes, Collect, Graph, Interpret Primary Data, Mean

British Columbia

  • Grade 4 - Mathematics, Probability, ADST
  • Grade 5 - Mathematics, Probability, ADST

Alberta

  • Grade 6 - Mathematics, Chance and Uncertainty, ICT, Foundational Operations, Knowledge and Concepts

Lesson Procedure

  • Class 1: Low Tech Magic 8 Ball (20 minutes)
  • Class 2: Magic Dot Ball (20 minutes)
  • Class 3: Programming Challenge (30 minutes)


 

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