Did you ever play Mad Libs as a kid? For me, it was a really fun way to pass the time on long, boring car rides. I am delighted to see that it’s also a great way to get students excited about math problems!
Previously, I blogged about a factoring version of this game (scroll down to find it). This time, I have an example that can be used for probability.
The game could be modified to be about nearly any math topic, including fractions and decimals for pre-algebra.
It’s a great way to get students to laugh and start working together. After they finish the problems they have created (at the end of the mad lib), they can do a worksheet together that you have prepared — you’ll find they are much more willing to get some work done after they have played this game!
PDF Version: Mad Math example for probabilty
- The group leader does not show the group this piece of paper!
- The leader asks each person in the group in turn to contribute a word, letter or number until all the blanks are filled in, including the number blanks at the end.
- If a person gets stuck on a word, they can use one of the ones on the board.
- After all the blanks are in, the leader reads the story and the group works out the problems.
My ___________ subway ride started when a giant ___________ _____________ up from the subway adjective animal verb ending in –ed
and into the ____ train. People were ___________, but I got a ___________, so I was ___________.
letter verb ending in –ing noun adjective
When I got to school, my ___________ professor would not ___________my excuse and said that if
was late one more time, I would get a ____. What a ___________ day! letter adjective
Luckily, I found out that the probability of another day like this is ___________!
A number between 0.01 and 0.99
Find the following probabilities
- There are _____________ people at the parade. The number wearing sunglasses is ______.
A number between 80 and 90 a number between 5 and 70
- Find the probability that a random person at the parade is wearing sunglasses.
- Find the probability that a random person at the parade is not wearing sunglasses.
- At a fast food restaurant, _________ people get sick, while __________ people do not.
A number between 10 and 20 a number between 30 and 40
- Find the probability that a random person at the restaurant got sick.
- Find the probability that a random person did not get sick.