In this lesson, students will be given the task to divide 9 small bags of M & M's in a series of negotiations or "rounds". Students are divided in to groups of different sizes. ThTheir job is to divide the bags of M & M's fairly, so everyone is happy!
This lesson is designed to get students to think about how rules are made and organized. It can be used for many different classes and ages. It can be chaotic, but your students will learn! It is a study in group dynamics, government, sociology, economics or any other area. It can be used to introduce the writing of The Constitution, the premise for needing government vs. anarchy, to demonstrate Adam SmithÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s theories of economics, to begin a discussion about capitalism, socialism or communism, or to prove that your classroom needs leadership and rules to operate smoothly. I really have used this simulation in all of these ways.