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# Child Development Tracker: Mathematics From Age 5 to 6 (page 5)

PBS Parents
Updated on Jul 9, 2010

### Statistics and Probability

• Throughout this year, some children will recognize that some questions, issues, or areas of disagreement are "empirical questions" that cannot be answered without first collecting data. Also, children will be able to collect relevant data for addressing a question or making a decision of personal importance.
• Throughout this year, children will learn to organize and describe data (e.g., by constructing real or picture graphs) to address a question (e.g., What eye color is most common in the family?) or make a decision of personal importance (e.g., Which ice cream shop has the most flavors?).
• Children will develop skills to read and interpret real graphs or picture graphs that summarize information needed to address a question, make a prediction, communicate to others, or make a decision of personal importance.
• Children will have some understanding that some events are more likely to occur than others (e.g., snow is more likely in winter than in summer). They will also have some understanding and use the language of probability (e.g., "certain" or "sure," "uncertain" or "unsure," "likely" or "probable," "unlikely" or "improbable," "maybe" or "possible," and "impossible").
• Children can conduct a simple experiment to see if all players have the same chance of winning a game, or to solve other simple probability problems.

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