**Likely Letters** is a **statistics and probability project **that requires students to use **experimental probability **to determine the letters with the highest frequency of use in written English. The students differentiate between **theoretical and experimental probability, make predictions, collect and organize data, and analyze their results **to discover which letters of the alphabet are used the most.

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**Lesson Description:** Likely Letters is a statistics and probability project that requires students to use experimental probability to determine the letters with the highest frequency of use in written English. The students differentiate between theoretical and experimental probability, make predictions, collect and organize data, and analyze their results to discover which letters of the alphabet are used the most.

**Math Content:** Statistics; Experimental Probability; Predicting; Collecting, Organizing, and Analyzing Data; Drawing Conclusions based on data

**Suggested Grade Level:** 5th-8th

**Time Required:** 1-2 class periods

**Materials Needed:** Reading materials (books, magazines, etc.) for data collection

**The Likely Letters Statistics and Probability Project includes:**

- 2 Likely Letters assignment sheets
- 2 Likely Letters Data Entry Sheets
- 3 Likely Letters Teacher Tips pages
- 1 Likely Letters Cover Page

**Teacher Testimonial:** Likely Letters is a lesson that makes statistics and data collection relevant to the students. Most students have watched Wheel of Fortune or played the game Hangman. Both games require a knowledge of letters that are likely to be used in the unknown words. This gives purpose to the data collection. You can also add suspense to the assignment by posting a covered list of the most frequently used letters that will only be revealed after the students complete their investigation.

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“I taught 6th grade last year and this was WONDERFUL!”

– Darcie M., math teacher

“Thank you! I work at a project based school and I am always looking for great projects.”

– Anasa Evans, math teacher

“I think my students will really enjoy this.”

– Annette Shaw, math teacher

**Enjoy your project!!**

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