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This is a fun activity to incorporate in March for St. Patrick's Day!
Your students will smile when you whip out the box of Lucky Charms and tell them that they are to pretend they are the Quality Control Department at General Mills Cereal Company!
This activity is fun and easy to facilitate. It gives your middle schoolers something fun to work with while practicing their data analysis, graphing and report-writing skills.
Simply read the situation to your class, roughly divide the cereal from one box of Lucky Charms into bowls- one for each group, and let the counting begin! You will need triple beam balances or another instrument to mass the 10 cereal bits.
I have five classes, so we collect data on Day 1. On Day 2, I have the students copy the other classes' data onto the bottom of their data tables and we discuss the report. I also show them the graphing website and walk them through that. (It's easy to use! Some guidelines that I tell my students: put your name in the "Source" box, do not change the values for the X and Y max- and min-, do not change the background color (or their graphs will use up all the ink in the cartridge!). On Day 3, we go to the computer lab so the students can get a handle on the website and maybe create one or two of their graphs. The report portion of the project is laid out in detail, so I give the students a week or so to complete it at home to turn in.
I included a sample of a complete data table and a sample graph generated from the website, as well as the rubric!