Fruit Loop Math Activities and Graphing Activities for 3rd Grade

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I used this with my kindergarten class to practice counting and sorting. Using fruit loops was a great way to keep them engaged and I got to double dip my time by doing it during snack time! Win Win!


Using this Back to School Math Activity will help you to assess your students and they will have fun a the same time. It is interactive fun with math. This is a great way to go from Summer Brain to School brain in math without opening the textbooks yet. This is math with a tasty twist.



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 predictions. They work with groups, add large numbers, and see if their predictions were correct.


  • 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.
  • Class Graphing Sheet set up for larger numbers
  • Lesson Plans and a suggested way to use the resources
  • Inquiry Question Sheets where students will ask classmates various questions on their data
  • Various Differentiated 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
  • Group Work Adding for large numbers

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. 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 and there is an easy to use number line for those that need it. They break those numbers into finding the tens and ones. The activity is wrapped up by an inquiry questions sheet, gathering class data and of course eating the Fruit Loops by a listening activity.


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.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Represent whole numbers as lengths from 0 on a number line diagram with equally spaced points corresponding to the numbers 0, 1, 2,..., and represent whole-number sums and differences within 100 on a number line diagram.
Draw a picture graph and a bar graph (with single-unit scale) to represent a data set with up to four categories. Solve simple put-together, take-apart, and compare problems using information presented in a bar graph.
Understand that the three digits of a three-digit number represent amounts of hundreds, tens, and ones; e.g., 706 equals 7 hundreds, 0 tens, and 6 ones. Understand the following as special cases:
Fluently add and subtract within 100 using strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction.
Add up to four two-digit numbers using strategies based on place value and properties of operations.


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