M&M's Activity

Lanette VonSeggerrn

How many M&M's of each color are in a package?

Examples of what to do with the data

Compare the totals from the boys - girls

Have everyone do the task again with their other hand and Compare everyone’s right hand total against everyone’s’ left hand total.Have students line up, on a number line, relative to their data point. Or Put the data in numerical order on a number line.

Have students put their initials on a sticky dot and place it (relative to their data point) on a grid to create a class graph for the information collected.

Have students determine the mean, median, and mode and explain how each relates to the rest of the data points.

Make a box and whisker plots or stem and leaf plots for the data and explain how each relates to the rest of the data points.

Without opening or touchingyour bag of "M&M's"® Candies, estimate how many are inside and record below. Predict how many of each color you will have. (If your estimated total is 10 "M&M's"® Candies in your bag then your total prediction of "M&M's"® Candies colors should also add to 10.) Then open your bag and find your actual total and how many you have of each color. Record your results below.

Total in bag estimate _____

ColorGuess

Number

Brown

Red

Yellow

Green

Orange

Blue

Total in bag actual _____

Create a line plot for your bag of M&M’s.

Use b for brown, r for red, y for yellow, etc.

Create a line plot for your pair’s bag of M&M’s.

Use b for brown, r for red, y for yellow, etc.

Create a line plot for the class’ bag of M&M’s.

Use b for brown, r for red, y for yellow, etc.

Determine the percent of each color in your bag of M&M’s.

Color

Percentage

Brown

Red

Yellow

Green

Orange

Blue

Compare your results to the actual results from the web site.

Dr. Robert Sweetland's Notes ©