Supporting Probability Understanding through Area Models

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  • 1 Department of Mathematics and Statistics at James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia

Moving beyond memorization of probability rules, the area model can be useful in making some significant ideas in probability more apparent to students. In particular, area models can help students understand when and why they multiply probabilities and when and why they add probabilities.

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Help students move beyond memorization to understand when and why they multiply or add probabilities.

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  • National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM). 2014. Principles to Actions: Ensuring Mathematical Success for All. Reston, VA: NCTM.

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  • National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO). 2010. Common Core State Standards for Mathematics. Washington, DC: NGA Center and CCSSO. http://www.corestandards.org.

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