A great way to review many different math skills - especially before a holiday or vacation.
Students tally the colors of M&Ms in a bag. Using their data, they make a pictograph, a bar graph, and a pie chart. They list each color by its fraction, decimal, and percentage. They compare each color using > < or = to all the other colors.
They "test" each color for strength (it's my way of keeping them from eating their candies too quickly). They watch as the Ms rise in cold, warm, and hot water* (a bit of fun science). They write what is the best and the worst color (a bit of language arts to share with classmates).
I included an example of our completed math work so you have an idea what the activity looks like.
I buy my candy at a local big box store - it's a bit spendy** for an activity but it's so exciting for the kids they hardly realize how much math and science they are doing - that's why I usually save this for a time just before a holiday or vacation when they might not be able to focus in class.
I hope your students enjoy the activities as much as mine do!
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* You can watch the science activity in a short very well done video
** Each student needs a bag of at least 50 M&Ms. Each team needs three cups of water unless you project this part of the activity on the wall or show the video.