Possibility Lesson Plan

The BrainPOP ELL motion picture Probability(L3U4L3 )asks what the possibility is of getting an orange gumball from the gumball machine. Ben and Moby determine and discover that it’s not highly likely. What will they do? Can they alter their possibilities? In this lesson plan, versatile for grades 3-8, trainees will learn about and discuss probability in listening, speaking, reading, and writing activities. Activities consist of: show and specify content vocabulary, set up academic words according to degree of possibility, talk about relationships among words, forecast outcomes of film scenes, and describe probability issues.

Trainees will:

  1. Arrange designated academic vocabulary words according to degree of likelihood. (Content Goal)
  2. Predict likely results of scenes in the motion picture utilizing infinitives. (Language and Content Goal)
  3. Explain the probability problems that are highlighted in the film. (Content Objective)


Material Vocabulary: likelihood, portion, percent, add, deduct, total, determine
Academic Vocabulary: chance, possible, impossible, most likely, not likely, likely, specific, boost, reduction, improve


For Activity # 2, A Variety, prepare flashcards of the vocabulary words: impossible, possible, likely, not likely, likely, particular. If you are doing the activity with small groups, then prepare a set of cards for each group. For Activity # 5, Word Analogies, make enough copies of the Analogies below for trainees to operate in pairs, or prepare to project them for the class. Analogies Include is to subtract as __________ is to decrease.
Canine is to animal as ______ is to cash.
________________ is to whole as same is to various.
Many is to more as ___________ is to less.
Most likely is to __________________ as percent is to portion.

Lesson Treatment:

  1. What is Possibility? To introduce students to the principle of probability, start with a reality situation. For example, turn a coin and ask what the chances are that it will come out heads. Or, place the coin in one hand, and put both hands behind your back. Ask one trainee to think which hand it remains in. Ask what the opportunities are that he’ll select the right-hand man, and compose opportunity on the board. Now raise 2 trainee volunteers and put the coin in among their hands. Then have a 3rd trainee guess where it is. What are her chances of discovering it? Lastly, ask a brand-new student to close his eyes or step outside while you place the coin in one trainee’s hand. Ask the brand-new trainee to think where it is, amongst all the trainees in the class. Will he find the coin? Probably not. What’s the possibility that he’ll discover it? Ask students to Think-Pair-Share to specify the word possibility.
  2. An Array. Before revealing the movie Likelihood (L3U4L3), display screen or distribute the cards with the words impossible, possible, most likely, not likely, probable, specific (see Preparation), and ask students to organize them in order of degree of possibility. Request examples and encourage discussion. After showing the film, have the trainees do it again, and discuss whether and how their understanding of the words has actually changed.
  3. Portions of Likelihood. Have students create flash cards to illustrate and define the material vocabulary words in the film Probability (L3U4L3): fraction, percent, boost, decrease, include, subtract, total. Partners can play a matching or memory video game. Additionally, or as 2nd action, have groups develop posters showing the words. Each group can work together on one poster highlighting all of the words.
  4. Do the Math. On a repeated viewing of the film Possibility (L3U4L3), pause the film each time the probability changes, and ask trainees to describe the math prior to Ben does.
  5. Word Examples. Do a Word Example activity with the included vocabulary (see Preparation). Partners finish the sentences, talking about the relationships amongst the words. After you have gone over the 5 sentences and the various relationships with the class, have partners work together on 3 extra sentences, utilizing any words they wish. They might click the Word Notes button in any BrainPOP ELL lesson for a list of all the words they have actually learned.


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