As a teacher, I know the many responsibilities you have and it can be very challenging to find the time needed for planning engaging and effective lessons. I hope this product saves you some much-needed time in your classroom.
I have been teaching grades 4-6 for the past 13 years. I love being able to have a large collection of activities and strategies available in my classroom so I can keep my students engaged and meet their varying needs. My activities are aligned with the Common Core and can easily be adapted to suit the needs of different grade levels and abilities.
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This is a great activity to use to introduce the topic of fractions. Students are engaged while learning the basic foundation skills needed for understanding more complex fraction concepts. Great mathematical conversations also take place, allowing students to share what they know and make observations.
When using this activity in class, I get the students hooked by informing them they will get to use M&M’s in class. I walk the students through the activity step-by-step, building on what they already know and reviewing/reinforcing skills we’ve already studied. After students predict the number of M&M’s they think are in their bag, I invite students to share their responses. We talk about the “reasonableness” of our answers and make observations about the predictions students made. I also make sure students understand the number of each color should add up to the number they predicted. I model how to write the fraction in standard form and word form and help students complete the top chart if needed. Once students have made their predictions, they open up the bag and count their M&M’s. They fill in the chart about each color. I invite students to share how close their predictions were to the actual number of M&M’s they had. Students then proceed to complete the bottom chart.
If you wanted to extend the activity, students could make graphs of the M&M’s in their bags.