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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.


  1. 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.
  2. The next task is to count the amount of candies in each group and color in their findings on the graph paper.
  3. 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?
  4. 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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