Lesson Plan Title : Probability and Spinning the Dreidel

Age Range: Grade 6 through grade 8 (Middle School)

Overview and Purpose: Students use a Jewish Dreidel to practice probability. They answer questions about how often one of the symbols may appear and what different combinations can occur.

Objective: The student will be able to answer questions about probability using a Jewish Dreidel.


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Have students practice their probability skills using a Dreidel. Divide the students into small groups or pairs and give each group a Dreidel. Talk about the four symbols on the toy and then have the students complete the worksheet.

Sample Worksheet

1. If you spin the Dreidel 9 times, what is the probability of getting a gimel or a shin?

2. If you only roll the Dreidel 2 times, what are all the possible combinations?

Wrap Up:

For homework, have students write their own probability questions about the Dreidel. Have the students exchange papers in class and answer each other's questions.