# Deal or No Deal!?

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## Objective

The students will be able to calculate probabilities and explain the difference between experimental and theoretical probability.

#### Big Idea

It's fun! It's energy! It's MATH! ...Probability in the "Deal or No Deal!?" Game

## Entry Video

7 minutes

I begin class by showing the video above.  I don't need to say a whole lot, I just hit play and let it speak for itself!

In the video, the students see a wide variety of probability concepts - in addition to the drama, family discussions, and gut wrenching suspense.

For a complete description on how I roll out the class period, please select this video narrative link:  Video Narrative: Game-On!

35 minutes

## Reflective Journal (Homework)

3 minutes

As we wrap up the period and bring closure to the game, I send the students on their way with a small journal activity in which they reflect on the Deal or No Deal game.  In this journal, the students will have very little trouble writing about their growth as a math student!  The prompt also asks for them to tie in the concept of theoretical vs experimental probabilities:  perhaps the class “got burned” and although the odds were in their favor, things did not work out so nicely.  Expect to read some really great responses!