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Odd socks

Purpose: 

The purpose of this activity is to engage students in identifying possible outcomes in a given situation.

Achievement Objectives:

Achievement Objective: S1-3: Investigate situations that involve elements of chance, acknowledging and anticipating possible outcomes.
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Description of mathematics: 

In readiness for this problem, the students should have familiarity with each of the following components of mathematics. The problem may be solved with different combinations of these components.

  • Chance
  • Identifying possible outcomes
  • Describing possible outcomes in language such as ‘likely, maybe, unlikely’ 
  • Modelling a situation involving chance

This activity may be carried out with guidance, or by allowing the student to follow their own set of instructions. The approach should be chosen in sympathy with students’ skills and depth of understanding. 

Activity: 

 

 

Alice has 2 pink socks and 2 orange socks in the washing basket.

 

If she picks two socks out of the basket without looking will she get two the same colour? 

 

 

The visual approach (show more)

  • The student is able to model a given situation, allowing them to anticipate and describe possible outcomes.

The conceptual approach (show more)

  • The student is able to anticipate and describe possible outcomes in a given situation.