Rolling Dice - Do you know what number would come up most often and why?

A Math Activity by Diane M. Burnett


This activity will provide hands on activity in proving why one set of numbers come up more often than others.


TEK  (4.13A) Probability and statistics. The student solves problems by collecting, organizing, displaying,  and interpreting sets of data. The student is expected to  list all possible outcomes of a probability experiment such as tossing a coin.


  • pencil
  • dice
  • graphing paper
  • colored pencil
  • paper
  • As a focus for this lesson ask the students which number combination do they feel will come up the most.  Then on the board show by picture how you can only have one combination of numbers for the total of 2, and only two combinabions for the number 3, etc.


    1. Working in pairs the students will roll a pair of dice and record the results of each roll for 100 times.
    2. Tally the amount of hits for each number from 2 through 12.
    3. Make a bar graph to reflect the tallied results of each number.
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