Beth Chance, Elsa Medina, and Jacquelyn Silverbush share a series of activities used with students in grades 4–6 to introduce statistical inference. The article is structured based on the amount of time to devote to the topic.
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Random is the kind of word with different meanings in different contexts. Students are likely to use “random” as an adjective describing anything unexpected and surprising, but these usages are not mathematical. They do, however, provide an opportunity for teachers to discuss the differences between language used inside and outside of mathematics.
Although it is clearly possible for two people to share a birthday, our experiences (and intuition) inform us that it is more likely that two people will have different birthdays. That is to say, the probability of a shared birthday between two people is close to zero. However, the chance of a shared birthday may increase if a larger group of people is considered.