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This is another jellybean graphing lesson idea (Easter lesson?)
Title – Jellybean Math
By – Katarina Hoxhaj
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 1
- Mathematics Standard 1: Classifying and organizing events and observations through simple charts and tables.
- Use mathematical notation and symbolism to communicate and compare quantities, express relationships and relate mathematics to their environments.
- Jellybeans or substitute M&Ms;, Skittles, etc.
- Sorting Sheet
- Graph paper with titles, numbers and colors pre-written.
- A list of questions for the students to answer and prepare for.
- Explain to the students that they will be placed in groups of 4 or 5. Their first task will be to sort the candies by color.
- The next task is to count the amount of candies in each group and color in their findings on the graph paper.
- Each group will come to the front of the class to present their findings. They will answer the questions given by the teacher:
- Did you find more than ten in each group?
- Did you have any groups with less than ten?
- How many total candies did you receive?
- What color did you have the most of?
- What color had the least amount of candies?
- Are there any colors with the same amount of candies, and
- How many candies did you have in each group?
- Students usually wash their hands prior to the lesson and use hand sanitizer if they vote as a group to eat the candies afterwards.
- You can begin this lesson next time with the children guessing how many skittles or jellybeans are in a jar, then graph accordingly.
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