Casino Night is the culminating project of our 6th grade probability unit. To explore the underlying concepts of probability—such as theoretical versus experimental probability, and independent and dependent events—students design their own games of chance. In creating the games, they learn what makes a game “fair” and how to compute the odds and payoffs, all the while utilizing fractions, decimals, and percentages.
Over the course of the unit, teachers work with students to further develop the mathematics needed to formulate their game design. Students develop a construction plan, create a prototype, and then test and refine their games as necessary. Finally, in an exciting event, they share their games with the school community on Casino Night.