Planning GuideGrade 8
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Independent Events

Strand: Statistics and Probability (Chance and Uncertainty)
Outcome: 2

Step 4: Assess Student Learning

Guiding Questions

  • Look back at what you determined as acceptable evidence in Step 2.
  • What are the most appropriate methods and activities for assessing student learning?
  • How will I align my assessment strategies with my teaching strategies?

Sample Assessment Tasks

In addition to ongoing assessment throughout the lessons, consider the following sample activities to evaluate students' learning at key milestones. Suggestions are given for assessing all students as a class or in groups, individual students in need of further evaluation and individual or groups of students in a variety of contexts.

A. Whole Class/Group Assessment

Ask the students to use the sticks to create a new game. They should provide complete rules for the game, including how players move and win. Then they should explain the possible outcomes when a player throws the sticks, and the probability of each.

Adapted from National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, "Sticks and Stones," NCTM Illuminations, 2000–2008, (Accessed April 25, 2008).  Used with permission.

B. One-on-One Assessment

Examples of One on One Assessment  Word Document

C. Applied Learning

Provide opportunities for the students to use their understanding of probability in a practical situation and notice whether or not the understanding transfers.

For example, have the students analyze a game of their own choice to predict the probability of winning. This could be a game from home or one that is available in the classroom.

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