# Probability for Elementary?

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Greetings! We have been using MEP. When we were in Yr2 last year, probability was introduced as a topic, and dd LOVED it. We are coming back to it again this year and she is as thrilled as ever. Last year I poked around, trying to find additional resources for her to play with this topic, and I could find nothing that was geared for kids under 7th grade. Any ideas or resources about how to let her enjoy this topic beyond the curriculum?

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Beast Academy has probability in book 4D. You could sign her up for a month of BA Online to play around with the problems there (it includes access to the student guide online as well).

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Probability is covered in any of the Zaccaro Challenge books. It's only one chapter though. It's covered in Singapore Math starting in 4B. It comes up as a topic in Glen Ellison's Hard Math for Elementary as well.

Julie at Living Math has a list of readers about probability here:

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If you google math circle and probability, a lot of things will pop up as well.

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There's a GEMS guide about probability. It was okay. It had some good activities. I remember we started with that and then did a lot of games and looking at the probability in different things.

The Murderous Maths book about probability is excellent and would be at just the right level for a upper elementary/middle school. There are some picture books, but it's worth it to do that. Read it aloud if it's too advanced.

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There are so many games where the probability is embedded and could easily be understood at that level. Yahtzee and Dragonwood are the first twoto pop to my mind.

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12 hours ago, Noreen Claire said:

Beast Academy has probability in book 4D. You could sign her up for a month of BA Online to play around with the problems there (it includes access to the student guide online as well).

We just finished BA 2A, albeit very slowly, only a page or two per week. Some of it she finds easy, but the challenge problems are often still challenging for her at that level. I am hesitant to put book 4D in front of her. I really floundered with her and math in 1st grade, especially getting math facts down, so she's been behind a bit. After ignoring Prodigy for months, she got back on and they say she's at a 4th grade level, for whatever that's worth. We are also just getting into long division and she says she loves it, so I dunno.

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8 hours ago, Farrar said:

There's a GEMS guide about probability. It was okay. It had some good activities. I remember we started with that and then did a lot of games and looking at the probability in different things.

The Murderous Maths book about probability is excellent and would be at just the right level for a upper elementary/middle school. There are some picture books, but it's worth it to do that. Read it aloud if it's too advanced.

I've never heard of GEMS guides -- I'll have to check it out. We have the Murderous Maths box set. She's read through all of them at least three times, probably much more than that. They are a big hit around here.

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The Number Devil is fun and I believe it covers probability.  Can’t remember how old they were.  We loved the Murderous Math books too!

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I just started looking in some nooks and crannies where books hide in our house and found that Family Math has a chapter on probability and statistics.

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3 hours ago, knitgrl said:

We just finished BA 2A, albeit very slowly, only a page or two per week. Some of it she finds easy, but the challenge problems are often still challenging for her at that level. I am hesitant to put book 4D in front of her. I really floundered with her and math in 1st grade, especially getting math facts down, so she's been behind a bit. After ignoring Prodigy for months, she got back on and they say she's at a 4th grade level, for whatever that's worth. We are also just getting into long division and she says she loves it, so I dunno.

Purely for perspective, BA 2A came out when my kid was in 4A or 4B. I bought it for her just for fun because she adores the beasts, and the challenge problems in 2A were *still* hard for her. The challenge problems are meant to be just plain hard, no matter what the kid’s level is for non-challenge problems.

The BA Probability chapter is awesome, but the kid would need to have multiplication down pretty well first, both single digit and multi-digit. That’s the only prerequisite.

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Ever try combinatorics? I’ve been doing it with my first grader and it has a similar flavor.