US Holiday Candy Sales

Candy is a big business! Calculate the amount of money consumers spent on major holidays—Easter, Halloween, Christmas, Hanukkah, and Valentine's Day—based on the total amount of candy sales from 2011 and the percentage of each holiday's sales displayed in a pie chart.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Use during a holiday season, or any other time of the year
  • Assign one strategy to different groups or pairs, and see if they all come up with the same answer
  • Have pupils use one strategy for each holiday
  • Project onto the board for a warm-up activity before instruction begins
  • Encourage individuals to research last year's candy sales and compare the amounts to 2011 for extra credit
Classroom Considerations

  • Resource encourages learners not to use a calculator
  • Worksheet is in black and white, making printing straightforward
Pros

  • Aligned to Common Core standards
  • Promotes the use of different strategies to solve the same problem, making a strong 
  • Addresses a variety of skills, including percentages, ratio tables, proportions, and algebra sentences
Cons

  • None
Common Core