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Here’s a magically delicious graphing activity with Lucky Charms
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Title – Graphing With Lucky Charms (St. Patrick’s Day)
By – Cheryl Richard
Primary Subject – Math
Grade Level – 3-5
Directions for Lucky Charms graphing activity:
- 1. Distribute individual bags of Lucky Charms cereal to each student.
- 2. Distribute the one tally sheet and one graph sheet to each student. (See below)
- 3. Have students individually count and sort the marshmallows in his/her bag and then complete the tally sheet.
- 4. Using the tally sheet, the students will complete the graph on the next sheet and answer questions 1-3 on their own.
- 5. Questions 4-7 are answered as a whole class.
- 6. On a pre-made large graph, go around the room and ask each student for their totals of each individual marshmallow and color in the graph (do this one marshmallow at a time around the room).
- 7. After the large graph is completed, do questions 4-7.
- 8. Teacher may guide the students in answering these questions.
- 9. Discuss the predictions. Find out who made accurate predictions.
- 10. Once the activity is complete, the students may eat the cereal!
Skills: counting, sorting, graphing, interpreting a graph, computation, predicting
Adaptations: can be adapted to Valentine’s Day using conversation hearts, or any other holiday.
Materials: small bags of Lucky Charms cereal for each student, tally sheet and graph sheet with questions for each student, pre-made large graph for whole class results, crayons, pencils
Directions: Count the different Lucky Charms in your bag. Record the total number of each charm beside the appropriate number below using tally marks, and then record the total for each.
|1. Red balloon = _________________||Total= ____|
|2. Purple horseshoe =______________||Total= ____|
|3. Green clover hat = ______________||Total= ____|
|4. Pink heart = ___________________||Total= ____|
|5. Blue moon = ___________________||Total= ____|
|6. Pot of gold = ___________________||Total= ____|
|7. Shooting star = _________________||Total= ____|
|8. Rainbow = ______________________||Total=____|
Make a Prediction!
Using the information above, make a prediction of which Lucky Charm you think will be the most for the entire class and then put a circle around it. On the lines below tell why you think this Lucky Charm will be the most.
Directions: Graph each lucky charm by coloring one box for every charm you have. Use the colors as indicated in the graph. When you are finished, answer the questions below.
|Red balloon||Purple horseshoe||Green clover hat||Pink heart||Blue moon||Pot of gold||Shooting star||Rainbow|
Questions to Answer On Your Own:
- 1. Of which Lucky Charm did you have the most?_______________ How many?_____
- 2. Of which Lucky Charm did you have the least?_______________ How many?______
- 3. How many total Lucky Charms did you have in your bag? ____________
Questions to Answer As A Whole Group
- 4. Of which Lucky Charm did the entire class have the most? __________ How many? _________
- 5. Of which Lucky Charm did the whole class have the least? ___________ How many? _________
- 6. What was the total number of Lucky Charms for the entire class? _________
- 7. Was your prediction of which charm would be the greatest amount for the entire class correct? __________ If not, how close was your prediction? _________________
If you have any questions, feel free to e-mail me. Hope you find this activity helpful.
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