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High School: Probability & Statistics

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Introduction

This subject resource guide is designed to help high school teachers of probability & statistics  find information that will be useful to prepare their lesson plans for the classroom.

Catalog Search Strategies

Suggested below are a few search terms to help focus your research. When using these search terms, it is best to do a Subject Search to better target items that will be relevant to your search.

The following list of terms is provided to help you begin a catalog search:

  • Mathematical statistics
  • Probabilities
  • Probabilities - problems, exercises, etc.
  • Statistics
  • Statistics exercises
  • Statistics problems
  • Statistics study and teaching

Books

Below you will find items of interest to teachers of Probability & Statistics.  You will find books of interest to students (as well as teachers) of these subjects on the Mathematics Grades 9-12 Book List.

Exemplary Practices for Secondary Math Teachers by Alfred S. Posamentier, Daniel Jaye, and Stephen Krulik, 2007. 231 pages. 372.1 P855-1
While this book is directed at the new high school math teacher the information it provides is useful to math teachers at all points in their careers.  It includes chapters on effectively setting yourself up for the year, designing lessons, reasoning and problem solving, and assessment as well as other things.  Also included are extensive references to other materials you will find interesting and useful.

Teaching Statistics Using Baseball by Jim Albert, 2003. 288 pages. 519.5 A333
The title pretty much says it all here.  This book uses case studies and exercises (lots and lots of exercises) to apply the study of statistics and probability to the game of baseball.

Teaching Statistics: A Bag Of Tricks by Andrew Gelman, 2002. 299 pages. 378.99311 G319
This book includes examples, problems, and projects for you to use in class.  Its goal is to make statistics more fun for students.

Numbers Rule Your World: The Hidden Influence of Probabilities and Statistics on Everything You Do by Kaiser Fung, 2010. 208 pages. 311 F981
This book takes a look at practical applications of statistics in the every day world.  This is an excellent source for real world examples to use in class & to spice up your lessons.

100+ Ideas for Teaching Mathematics by Mike Ollerton, 2007. 140 pages. 372.51 O49-2 2007
This slim book provides you with short, 1-page ideas designed to help you explore highly specific problems with your students.  The problems are organized by subject.

Discipline Survival Guide for the Secondary Teacher by Julia G. Thompson, 2011. 348 pages. 371.5 T473 2011
This book provides you with many practical ideas and strategies for setting up and managing your high school classroom.

DVDs

The Probability and Statistics Tutor. 2008. 600 minutes on 3 disks.  DVD 519 P9625
This DVD set teaches students how to work probability and statistics problems.  This is a tool for you to use with students, either as a supplement in class or for those who need another look at a topic.

Library Databases

Research Library (Proquest).
This database includes full text coverage of a number of journals from the fields of Mathematics (~49) and Education (~192).  Use this database to keep up with your professional development, research specific questions, or browse through topical articles.  Noted journals you will be able to find here include: Chance, Journal for Research in Mathematics Education, Mathematics and Computer Education, The Mathematics Teacher and Mathematics Teaching; American Teacher and Harvard Educational Review.

General OneFile (Gale).
This is another general interest database that includes full text coverage of a number of journals from the fields of Mathematics and Education.  Noted journals you will be able to find here include: Mathematics Magazine, Teaching Children Mathematics, The Mathematical Intelligencer and The American Journal of Mathematics; American Journal of Education, The Education Innovator, and T H E Journal (Technological Horizons In Education).

AccessScience (McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science & Technology).
This encyclopedia provides extensive coverage of Math topics.  It is useful for basic definitions and broad introductions to specific topics within the study of Probability & Statistics, a resource to direct students to.

LearningExpressLibrary.
This online tool provides you with access to practice tests, courses, eBooks, and exercises to help you in a wide range of subjects, including Probability & Statistics.  This is a good source to direct students to for additional help.

Live Homework Help.
This online tool provides one-on-one tutoring with an expert, live tutor to k-12 students between the hours of 3pm-10pm.  It also includes a Homework Resources section (available 24 hours a day) with lessons, worksheets, study guides, and videos.  Statistics is among the subjects they are more than capable of helping a student with and the chat interface includes a white board component to make sure that that Statistics assistance is effective.  This is a good source to direct students to for additional help and is a source of lesson planning resources for you.

eMedia

Lit2Go
http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/subjects/mathematics.html
This product out of Florida allows you to browse for math passages from books by book or by author.  Each passage is available for reading as a webpage or as a pdf or for download as a MP3 audio file.

Websites

Below you will find websites of interest to you as a teacher of probability and statistics.  In the section titled “For You” you will find those sites aimed particularly at teachers.  In the section titled “For You & Your Students” you will find those sites aimed for use with or by your students.

“For You”

ERIC – Education Resources Information Center
http://www.eric.ed.gov/
Here you will find an enormous collection of articles on the subject of education, many of them available to you full text.  A standard search interface is provided with limiting options to refine your results.  So, for example, a keyword search on statistics instruction that is limited to full text results yields more than 2000 articles while a similarly limited search on probability instruction yields more than 600 articles.

NCTM Illuminations
http://illuminations.nctm.org/
Here you will find the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics resources for teaching math.  Included are activities, lessons, the standards, and web links.

ElibM – The Electronic Library of Mathematics
http://www.emis.de/elibm/index.html
This is a repository of online journals, article collections, monographs, and other electronic resources in the field of mathematics. 

DOAJ  – Directory of Open Access Journals
http://www.doaj.org/
Here you will find free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals, covering all subjects and many languages.  Included are 197 mathematics journals and 44 statistics journals.

“For You & Your Students”

Kahn Academy
http://www.khanacademy.org/
This site is a source of online video tutorials on many subjects.  It was originally started as a math site so its collection of math tutorials is, and remains, excellent.  The link provided will start you on the site’s homepage.  From there use the search option to look for probability or statistics.  By the way, the site also offers exercises and if you set up an account and have your students set up accounts naming you as coach then you will be able to access a suite of tools you can use to track your students’ progress.


Shodor Interactivate
http://www.shodor.org/interactivate/activities/
Here you will find an excellent collection of online materials for math and science education.  Each activity provides information for the learner as well as for the instructor to maximize its effectiveness.  Click on either the statistics or probability link to limit the item list to those specific tools and explore.

Wolfram Alpha
http://www.wolframalpha.com/ 
This is a computational knowledge engine.  It is a fun site for you and your students to play with and it covers many areas.  In the area of statistics & probability this engine will do things like compute the probability of events, compute a statistical quantity, fit a line to two-dimensional data, fit a polynomial to given data, etc.

SOCR – Statistics Online Computational Resource
http://socr.stat.ucla.edu/SOCR.html
This site provides online aids for probability and statistics education.  It includes a repository of interactive applets, computational and graphing tools, and instructional and course materials.

Probability Problems from Cut the Knot
http://www.cut-the-knot.org/probability.shtml
Here you will find an online tutorial on the topic of probability complete with plenty of solved (and discussed) problems.

F. Other

You will find books of interest to students (as well as teachers) of Algebra on the Mathematics Grades 9-12 Book List

Created by:
Sarah Moore
Adult Librarian III, Arroyo Seco Regional Branch Library
smoore@lapl.org
Revised: 5/8/12

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