This Lucky Charms Cereal Data Analysis and Graphing Project is a fun activity to incorporate in March for St. Patrick's Day, but of course it works at any time of the year in a graphing unit or in a math-integrated unit. 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 cereal bits.
This project can be carried out in multiple ways: totally on paper (other than making the graphs using the kids' graphing website), totally on Google Drive (directions for accessing the Sheets and Slides documents are included), or as a hybrid of both paper and Google Drive documents (explanations included in the teacher notes). 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. They always do a nice job creating their final project packet.
I included a sample of a complete data table and a sample graph generated from the website, as well as the detailed rubric for grading! An editable file is included for the student directions too!
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