Winning the Lottery…Boy, wouldn’t that be great! Do you ever lie around and dream of all the things you would do if you won millions of dollars? I know, I do, especially when the billboards shout it in your face that the winnings are over over $200 million. Even the kids have started making “plans” with their fortunes.
So as a fun school activity this week we gambled! I went and bought a couple scratch off tickets for each child and we played the game. But even more important then the fun “dream” discussions we had, and hopeful anxiousness as they would scratch off their ticket, were the discussions on chance, and percentages, odds and valuation.
It was so good to hear the thought out discussion as the kids discussed what else could have been with the $10 we spent on the tickets rather than “flushing it down the drain.” It didn’t quite work out since we ended up $20 ahead in winnings when one $3 scratch off won $30. But I was proud that the kids all decided to share the earnings and get a treat rather than reinvest and take a chance of losing it.
We finished off the excursion with verbal math problems throughout the day on chance and odds. They had a blast and what a fun way to do “school” this week as we review all our computation rules as we get ready to dive into Geometry for the year!
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