Bar graphs
Date  December 2005 
Class  PreAlgebra and Math 8 
Teacher  Cassandra Joseph 
Notes  What Color Are Your M’s? 
Date  December Activity 
Class  8th grade 
Teacher  Becky Bruening 
Notes  I used the M&M’s with my class to create bar graphs. I was planning on having them create a bar graph using their snack size bag, but then as the lesson progressed we ended up talking about “double bar graphs”. They seemed very comfortable with the topic so I decided to challenge them to share their data with the other two people in their row and create a “triple bar graph”. Even though this went beyond the lesson, no one seemed to struggle or mind since it involved candy! I would definitely use the M&M’s for this lesson again and was pleased with how the triple bar graphs turned out. I will probably bring the M&M’s back again when we work on pie charts, much like we did in class this summer. For future reference too – the week after Halloween is a great time to stock up on all the individual size candies – half price! 
Date  October 
Class  
Teacher  Lanette VonSeggern 
Notes  As teachers we must always think on our feet. The day of this activity our copy machine was still not fixed so I projected the worksheet on the wall (rather than each student receiving a copy at their desk). This procedure introduced me to the projector for the computer. I have been using it a lot now with my seniors – however, some students still need a copy of information at their desk. This will reduce the amount of paper I use in my classroom. 
Date  Sept. 30, 2005 
Class  8th grade prealgebra 
Teacher  Joyce Cook 
Notes  In 8th grade prealgebra, we did the M&M’s exercise. I gave each student a 1 serving size package of M&M’s. We were studying bar graphs at the time. I asked how we might classify the candies into groups, and almost everyone suggested by color. I told them to make a bar graph of the data for their bag of M&M’s. Most everyone got busy right away and started counting how many of each color there were. (One of my slower students had to have guidance almost every step of the way.) After they had made their graphs, we talked about the contents of each bag, and if everyone’s was the same. 
Date  Nov. 5, 2005 
Class  8th grade prealgebra 
Teacher  Joyce Cook 
Notes  I gave each student a 1 serving size package of M&M’s. We were studying bar graphs at the time. I asked how we might classify the candies into groups, and almost everyone suggested by color. I told them to make a bar graph of the data for their bag of M&M’s. Most everyone got busy right away and started counting how many of each color there were. (One student had to have guidance most of the way.) After they had made their graphs, we talked about the contents of each bag, and if everyone’s was the same. 
