CANDY and MUSIC, what a great way to get kids motivated about MATHMATICS! I have used this lesson in my middle school class room for many years with great success. Middle school tasks should be meaningful and relevant; this lesson is that and more. Students must work directly with data in order to understand the fundamentals of statistical ideas. This lesson will catch the attention of students with varying abilities in a non-threatening approach.
The lesson offers 10 steps to thoroughly engage students in data collection, displaying statistical results, discussing how statistics work, etc. The students will listen to a song to gather data, complete a frequency table, create a bar graph on paper and a graphing calculator, and repeat the process at home with a song of their choosing.
This is one of my all time favorite lessons. It is simple and motivating on many levels with ALL types of students. Your students will love you for it and will never forget it!