# Candy Math Fun

##### This Candy Math Fun activity & project also includes:

Few things can motivate children to learn like the promise of a sweet and tasty treat. Given a bag of M&M®s, Skittles®, or other colorful candy, students first predict the contents of the bag before counting the pieces, creating a bar graph, and writing fractions and percents that represent each of the different colors.

##### Instructional Ideas
• Use this activity near the end of a pre-algebra unit on fractions, decimals, and percents or probability and statistics
• Differentiate the lesson by creating cups of candy to use during the lesson, some containing fewer pieces and some containing more depending on the abilities of students
• Though it's not mentioned on the worksheets, be sure students simplify the fractions they find
• Extend the activity by having students find the measures of central tendency for their candy
##### Classroom Considerations
• Be sure to check with your school's policy regarding giving children candy before teaching this lesson. If candy isn't allowed, use trail mix or some other mixed snack instead
##### Pros
• Includes a series of worksheets for recording, graphing, and analyzing the contents of the bags of candy
• A clear set of step-by-step directions are included for carrying out the activity
• Worksheets are numbered in the order they are to be completed
• Activity can easily be adapted for a range of grade levels
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