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Ready-Set-Tech: Counting Candies

Marion Peluso, P.S. 101, New York, NY

Grade Level  3 - 5
Subject Math
Background This lesson provides students with a hands-on and cooperative learning experience in the process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data.

Students count, sort, and classify jellybeans by color.

Students use their data to create a bar graph online.

Materials 1 small bag of jelly beans (or other candy that is varied in color like M&M’s), Internet access, a copy of Counting Candies Tally Chart
Procedure 1. Each group will get a bag of jellybeans and a worksheet. Give each group a minute or two to estimate how many jellybeans are in their bags. Have them fill out their guesses on the worksheet.

2. Ask students to open the bag and count the number of beans. Have them fill out the actual number on their worksheet.

3. Students will then sort and classify the jellybeans according to color.

4. Students will record this information on a tally chart.

5. Using their tally charts, students will go to http://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/Graphing/ to create a bar graph. (This site hosted by the National Center for Education Statistics, allows students to enter their own data to create basic bar, line, pie, and area graphs.)

6. After printing out their graphs, students will enjoy their jellybeans.
Evaluation Have each child fill out an assessment sheet - this will all you to find out how each child felt about working with a partner. It also gives you the opportunity to compare the student’s perception of the project as well as the reality. In addition you will want to each group’s tally chart and printed graph to see if it was done correctly.


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