In this lesson students will create number sequences of Pascal's Triangle and discover a relationship that this triangle has to theoretical probability. During this lesson, they will complete the first eight rows of Pascal's Triangle, determine the total number of possible girl/boy combinations in a five child family, find patterns to help them generate the numbers in subsequent rows of Pascal's Triangle, and work collaboratively to address and analyze questions regarding the theoretical probability of other multiple child families using Pascal's Triangle. Site includes the objective, overview of the lesson, list of needed materials, extensions and connections, resources, and ideas for discussion. The lesson can be downloaded including the worksheets (in PDF). A video of the lesson and the correlated state standards can also be found by clicking on More Lessons: 6-8.


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