Rock, Paper, Scissors

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That's not fair! Pairs play a modified version of Rock, Paper, Scissors by introducing a fourth element — changing the balance of wins. By playing the game and recording the outcomes, the pairs determine whether the new rules affect the fairness of a game. This STEM lesson plan also includes pre- and post- assessments.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Have pairs create a game that by simply changing the rules slightly will change the fairness in the game
  • Using familiar games, determine the probability of winning
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure all of the class understands the rules for Rock, Paper, Scissors
  • The competitive nature of the game could make the classroom loud
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  • Provides a differentiation to accommodate learners
  • Actively engages students

  • The author aligned the lesson plan to 7.RP.A and not one of the probability standards