Terry Svihovec, Jr. Jeff Clay
A Resource for Internet Activities to meet NCTM curricular standards in probability for grades 6 - 12.
In 1989 the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics published Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics, a document which displayed a vision of what mathematics education in the United States must strive to become. Among the curricular features called for in grades 9-12 was that probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics play a larger role. In order for these experiences in grades 9-12 to be the most meaningful and valuable to these students, an exploratory background in these three areas is essential. Mathematics curriculum in grades 6-8 therefore should include these types of experiences for all students.
Our goals for this project were 1) to find appropriate activities and resources available on the internet to effectively integrate probability, statistics, and discrete mathematics into 5-8 and 9-12 classrooms and 2) to create a reference directory of these activities and resources which communicates how we would use them to meet NCTM's curricular standards in probability for grades 5-12. In order to meet these standards, we must open ourselves up to new methods of learning and teaching. By using these activities, mathematics teachers can effectivley integrate technology into classrooms, expose students to nonroutine probability problems, and create active and cooperative learning environments. We view this web site as dynamic--that is, our preferred activities are not set in stone, and we expect to continuously update our directory based on classroom experiences.
NCTM Standards / Grades 6-8: Curricular Features
NCTM Standards / Grades 9-12: Curricular Features - Key Points
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. (1989). Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc.
National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (2000). Principles and Standards for School Mathematics. Reston, VA: The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Inc. Principles and Standards for School Mathematics
Click here to go to the NCTM web page.
The following pages detail NCTM's curriculum standards for data analysis and probability and provide links to probability web pages. We have also outlined how these pages can be used to meet the standards. You are able to select a standard and link to activities which can be used to meet it.