Population Parameter with M-and-M's

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Manufacturers' claims may or may not be accurate, so proceed with caution. Here pupils use statistics to investigate the M&M's company's claim about the percentage of each color of candy in their packaging. Through the activity, individuals study population parameters and sample statistics; they use their data to make inferences about a population.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Have each class collect data about a different color of M&M
Classroom Considerations

  • Learners should have previous experience with population parameter and sample statistics; calculating sample proportions and making inferences about a population; and constructing and interpreting dot plots
  • The activity requires a large container of M&M's for each class period

  • Provides extension ideas for early finishers
  • Complete with a teaching guide with questioning ideas

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