Back to School Activities Fruit Loop Math

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1st - 2nd
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Use Fruit Loops in this Back to School Math activity in your class to assess your 1st or 2nd grade class and help students have interactive fun with math. This is a great way to work on graphing and place value and see what your students know. It's math with a tasty twist. It includes everything you need except the box of Fruit Loops!



The students will be given a handful of Fruit Loops by the teacher and they will practice sorting by color, graphing, place value, adding and subtracting, put them on a number line to count the total, graph the class totals, math inquiry questions and prediction. They will also have practice of counting how many tens and ones.


  • Graphing Sheet where students will make a bar graph with their Fruit Loops. They will get to color in their graph and then answer inquiry questions with classmates about the data.
  • Lesson Plan has a lesson flow and a suggested way to use the resources
  • Inquiry Question Sheet where students will ask classmates various questions on their data
  • Various Worksheets in color and Black and White
  • Interactive Lesson Opportunities
  • Extension Ideas includes several more lesson plan ideas that can be done with the lesson or on another day.
  • Color Sorting Worksheet where students get to sort the fruit loop colors, count how many of each color and draw in their fruit loops.

Fruit Loops not included!


The teacher has students make predictions about the activity and even get to add the information onto a prediction sheet. Then the teacher passes out a handful of Fruit Loops to each student. The students start with sorting the Fruit Loops by color and counting. This is a great chance for the teacher to see if students know their colors and can count up to 10 or more than 10. Then the students will graph the data. This is a great opportunity to see what they know about graphing. The students will also get to count the total number on a easy to use number line and break those numbers into finding the tens and ones. The activity is wrapped up by an inquiry questions sheet and of course eating the Fruit Loops by a listening activity.

Plan for this activity to take more than one day or plan for a large block of time.


Students love this math lesson because they get to eat Fruit Loops! They think it is the coolest activity. Most students are so engaged in the activity that they don't realize that their teacher is walking around gathering data for the year. Students enjoy learning math without opening their text books. It is a great opportunity to see how the students do with self control.

Check out our BLOG article on how this will look in your classroom.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Write numbers from 0 to 20. Represent a number of objects with a written numeral 0-20 (with 0 representing a count of no objects).
Count to answer “how many?” questions about as many as 20 things arranged in a line, a rectangular array, or a circle, or as many as 10 things in a scattered configuration; given a number from 1-20, count out that many objects.
Identify whether the number of objects in one group is greater than, less than, or equal to the number of objects in another group, e.g., by using matching and counting strategies.
Organize, represent, and interpret data with up to three categories; ask and answer questions about the total number of data points, how many in each category, and how many more or less are in one category than in another.
Compose and decompose numbers from 11 to 19 into ten ones and some further ones, e.g., by using objects or drawings, and record each composition or decomposition by a drawing or equation (e.g., 18 = 10 + 8); understand that these numbers are composed of ten ones and one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, or nine ones.


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